My Serious Games Backlog: PeaceMaker Is Out!
PeaceMaker came out! Serious Games to promote peace
Although I have been following this serious game effort since June 2006, I've really missed PeaceMaker launch on February 1st, 2007.
In this title from Impact Games, you take the role of either the Israeli Prime Minister or the President of the Palestinian Authority and attempt to make everyone happy enough to bring about lasting peace.
There are two good articles on it already:
As described on Gamasutra's article:
"There’s no animation in PeaceMaker, nothing cute, nothing that someone can dismiss as “only a game.” When a missile strike goes awry, or a suicide bomber strikes, the blood and bodies you see on the screen are those of real people. More than any other game, PeaceMaker portrays the truth – or a subset of it – both the good and the bad".
"There’s a great deal to learn from the game, both about political processes and in terms of simple facts about the situation. The game will be invaluable in the classroom, if students, teachers, and perhaps above all parents and school boards approach it with an open mind."