practical pathos

My one or two regular readers will recall me raving about DEFCON, from Introversion Software. DEFCON is a game about the end of the world, mutually-assured-destruction style:

DEFCON is also downright terrifying. The amazing soundtrack, the stark vector graphics presentation, and the cool “SEATTLE HIT. 1.7 MILLION DEAD” text that acompanies every hit will put the fear of nuclear armageddon into you. You’ll find yourself researching bombshelters, looking into non-proliferation treaties, and joining Greenpeace. It’s a stellar example of how games can speak to the human condition and to larger social & political issues.

Now, however, a group of students at Carnegie in Pittsburgh have done one better. Meet PEACEMAKER, a game where you (try to!) bring peace to Israel and Palestine: