My daughter loves to tell her brother, “you should pick flowers, not fights.” In addition to that, she constantly gets on him about the video games he likes to play. In addition to the normal shoot-em-ups he plays on the PlayStation, he really enjoys military strategy games like Age of Empires on the PC. So, it really isn’t just the shooting and weapons that interest him, but the strategy and thought processes involved also.
Wouldn’t it be nice if he could put that brain power to use in a game that didn’t promote warfare? Well, enter Peacemaker. According to the game’s website, “PeaceMaker challenges you to succeed as a leader where others have failed. Experience the joy of bringing peace to the Middle East or the agony of plunging the region into disaster. PeaceMaker will test your skills, assumptions and prior knowledge. Play it and you will never read the news the same way again.”
This game is not only promoting peace, but it is fun and interesting. Yes, kids young and old really want to play it. Much like other simulation games, your really get into it and your decisions and actions make a difference. Do it wrong, and things go wrong. Do it right, and things go well – at least for a while. There is a downloadable demo and a trailer so you can try before you buy.
Oh yes, another great thing? It is also available for both Windows and the Mac! Now that is building a bridge. Give Peacemaker a look and let me know what you think.