Computer Game Lets Players Try Virtual Peace

Peace center will distribute games to Israelis, Palestinians during US talks
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2007 4:12 PM CST
Israeli flags are seen with a general view of Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007. Israeli, Palestinian, Arab and world leaders are set to meet in Annapolis, Maryland this week at a U.S. hosted...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A computer game that promotes peace in the Middle East will be distributed to Palestinians and Israelis this week while their leaders meet in the US to negotiate, the Associated Press reports. “PeaceMaker” players choose roles as Israeli or Palestinian leaders and respond to attacks from the opposing side. Leaders who launch counter-attacks don’t thrive in the game.

The Peres Center for Peace plans to hand out the games Tuesday, the same day Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at a peace conference in Annapolis. The center’s director says he hopes gamers will try switching roles to understand the limitations of the other side. “The way is pragmatism, entering the role of the other,” he says.