War Games

The power of computer games not to merely entertain but to educate their players is a growing phenomenon. Two upcoming releases address the nature of the recent Israel-Palestine conflict, and from very different angles. Global Conflict: Palestine puts you in the role of an embedded journalist walking the wrecked streets of Palestine, talking to soldiers, terrorists and civilians and trying to get to the bottom of the story while developing your own views of the situation. Peacemakers, on the other hand, allows you to assume the leadership of either of the two states, and work through the conflict as if it were a turn-based strategy game. I wonder if players will take the opportunity to look at the other side of the equation, or act on the assumptions they already hold?