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An Introduction to PeaceMaker

December 18, 2010

This is the game that became the flagship of the Serious Game movement, and a major step for the acknowledgement of the genre.

PeaceMaker is government simulation game which digitally recreates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The game began as a university project in 2005 when a small team from the Carnegie Mellon University decided to challenge the standard premises of entertainment/violence found in many video games. Set in contemporary Israel/Palestine, Peacemaker players can choose to play as the leader of either state. They then have to deal with actual events presented using real world pictures and footage and then make social, political, and military decisions. The goal of the game is to solve the conflict with the two-state solution. PeaceMaker was very well received by both the gaming community and the general press and won several awards. Critics praised its gameplay and the accuracy of the conflict representation.

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