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.