Students in Denmark will soon have an opportunity to explore the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict thanks to a new PC game.
Reuters reports that Global Conflicts: Palestine puts players into the role of a journalist on assignment in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
In order to gather their story, players can interview civilians, soldiers and militants. When they've finished collecting information, players write an article on the conflict and receive a grade, determined by the game
Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen, one of the game's designers, spoke to Reuters about the project:
The goal for them is to recognize there are different perspectives, that the story can be also be told in different perspectives...
Perhaps surprisingly, the game does not force a neutral journalistic view on the student. Egenfeldt-Nielsen noted:
You can steer the dialogue in the direction you want. For a pro-Israeli story, focus on how the IDF (Israeli military) perceives it. If you take a pro-Palestinian approach, you can dig deeper -- interview the suspect or his son.
In-game characters will provide different answers based on their perception of the reporter's bias. A pro-Palestinian journalist, for example, will likely get better quotes from a militant than would a neutral or pro-Israeli scribe.
Egenfeldt-Nielsen hopes to distribute the game to other European nations early next year.
GP Shout-out: We thank reader Mike Silvay for pointing us at this story!