PeaceMaker: The latest from the Peres Center for Peace.

November 28, 2007

Yesterday, Haaretz newspaper did a promo of the new PeaceMaker Game released by the Peres Center for Peace. It was included in the (left-wing) paper and is being sold from the game’s website for $19.95.

Funny anecdote: My husband decided to buy the paper to get the game, and it took him 5 Jerusalem makolets until he finally reached one that sold Haaretz; says something about this neighborhood, doesn’t it?



The motto of the game is: “Play the news. Solve the puzzle.” That’s pretty much what it’s about: solving a strategic puzzle, essentially getting your ratings – as a world leader (of your choice) – to be 100% good with both the Palestinians and Israelis. That sounds politics to me, not really conflict resolution. More of a short term thing and a game centered around displaying the hardships of a world leader embroiled in conflict.

That’s ok, it’s just not really about making what I perceive as Shimon Peres’ perception of ‘peace’, which is a long-term situation. But I think creating a video game, that is not really superficial and actually very realistic and educational – is a great way to create a little contact between people without getting them in the same room. Of course, it can only do as much you let it and it is not an apology to any side.

The game includes real news shots from suicide bombings and Army operations. The graphics are impressive. It’s quite a detailed game and my husband played three times within an hour and a half. You have to complete four milestones to end the game. Hubby managed to do it playing both the Palestinian President and the Israeli Prime Minister – not bad, eh?

In summary, it’s mainly a game about negotiation and a peek into what it’s like to be a world leader. In the age of Second Life and The Sims, this was a creative move on the part of the Peres Center.

For some more screenshots of the game, take a look below. For fun, I played as the Israeli Prime Minister in the Arabic version and the Palestinian President in Hebrew:

Arabic/Israeli Prime Minister version

Hebrew/Palestinian President version

Game menu (You can pick which language to play in, Arabic, Hebrew or English. It would be cool if they could stats).

Player menu (Are you playing as a Israeli leader, Palestinian leader or world leader?)


Pleased to introduce Mideast Youth…

November 21, 2007

mideast youth logoIn some kind of sliver of spare time, I work with a few other administrators, writers, bloggers, and artists on a project called Mideast Youth. It’s a cyber-dialogue media center created two years ago to promote tolerance, understanding and most of all conversation between Mideast youth and other from around the world.

Today we were summed up in an article in WireTap Magazine, which came out really great. Take a look to learn more.

When the mediator is fed up…

November 4, 2007

There has been a major strike here for the last three weeks by the middle and high school teachers. The strike is over pay and the kids haven’t been to school since it started.

Last week I heard on the news that the mediator quit. I at once felt a kinship, resulting in empathy, followed by frustration at how it is so difficult to get people to communicate, especially when the stakes are so high.

A week of positive blogging.

November 4, 2007

I found a comment on my other blog about an initiative being supported in various circles, and especially by Ehav Ever. Below is his message:

I am trying to get people together to take part in A Week of Positive Blogging, from Nov. 4th to Nov. 10th 2007. The idea is for bloggers all over the world to join in blogging everyday during that week about positive things that are going on in the world. There are a list of topics that have been chosen for each day of the week that can be found at my blog.

It is my hope that this will be a way to show the positive things that are taking place in various communities around the world. Also, we want to do what the media often does not do and that is show that there are also positive people doing what they can to help others.

If you you have a blog it would be great if you would participate. If you know someone with a blog please pass this on to them. To see the details and join in on what we are trying to do go here.

Nothing wrong with a little positivity expressed in our cyber-lives, right? Today’s challenge is about positive memories, writings, thoughts, and images. So here is mine:

flowers garden