An award-winning simulation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now available commercially from indie publisher Manifesto games.
Peacemaker, originally developed as a student project by a team at Carnegie-Mellon University, won the University of Southern California’s Public Diplomacy Games Contest. As described in a press release:
PeaceMaker allows the player to try his or her skills of diplomacy and leadership by playing as either the Israeli Prime Minister or the Palestinian President. Incorporating real-world events and news stories, the game challenges players to succeed as a leader where others have failed; to experience the joy of bringing peace to the region – or the agony of plunging the Middle East into disaster.
Manifesto’s CEO Greg Costikyan added:
PeaceMaker… takes on one of the most difficult world issues, presents it without bias or prejudice, and challenges players to think about the issues, to do better than the real-world leaders.
The development team at Impact Games also maintains a Peacemaker blog.