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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 07:00 AM
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Playing Games With a Conscience (Wired)
Intereseting story for the gaming crowd:

http://www.wired.com/news/games/0,2101,63165,00.html?tw...

At first, the game looks like so many other first-person shooters: cross hairs aiming missiles at a raft of enemy targets.

But September 12th isn't like other games. Because when a missile shot at Arab terrorists kills an innocent bystander in the game's fictional Afghani village -- and it's nearly impossible not to -- other villagers run over, cry at their loss and then, in a rage, morph into terrorists themselves.

"The mechanics of the game are about this horrible decision, whether to do things, to take actions that will inevitably kill civilians," says Noah Wardrip-Fruin, co-editor of First Person, a collection of essays about the relationship between stories and games.
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NewHampshireDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 07:12 AM
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1. Scary ...
I played it for a couple of minutes and it occured to me ... the way to "win" is to bomb them until they all turn into terrorists, then kill them all. I think I've just discovered the * Doctrine.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:25 PM
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4. I Can Believe It
I was heavily involved in Utopia (http://games.swirve.com/utopia /) for a few years and learned everything I understand about global politics from that experience. The adage, 'if you treat people like dogs, they're going to start acting like dogs,' is proven there.
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dumpster_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 07:45 AM
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2. A ... STRANGE ....GAME...DOCTOR...FALKEN.
Edited on Sat Apr-24-04 07:50 AM by dumpster_baby
A...STRANGE...GAME...DOCTOR...FALKEN.

THE...ONLY...WINNING...MOVE...IS...NOT...TO...PLAY.


HOW...ABOUT...A....NICE...GAME....OF...CHESS?
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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 07:54 AM
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3. Now if life would only imitate art.
War Games, the greatest oxymoron since * intelligence. . . . . .
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