Students in Denmark will soon have an opportunity to explore the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict thanks to a new PC game.
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.
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