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Games in Palestine: Learn What It’s Like to be a Journalist Through a Video Game

The following story was published in the January/February issue of Columbia Journalism Review. To my knowledge it was not put online. So here it goes!

Games in Palestine by David CohnGlobal_conflict_palestine

I had just arrived in the Middle East, and my editor was describing my
first assignment for the news agency: I was to accompany the Israeli
Defense Forces on a raid of a suspected terroristâ??s house. The piece
would be published in a European paper that wanted a story on what happens
in such raids and how prisoners are treated. Equipped only with a map,
a notebook, and advice, I set out to meet my contact, a commanding officer
in the IDF.

Then I leaned back in my chair at my San Francisco
apartment and got perspective. I wasnâ??t actually about to witness
a weapons raid, I was playing Global Conflicts: Palestine, a
video game designed to teach the intricacies of being a journalist,
and about the volatile situation in the Middle East.

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