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Games Are Gaining Ground, But How Far Can They Go?

When it became clear that insurgents would interfere with reconstruction efforts in Iraq, Pentagon technophiles thought it would be a good idea to develop a videogame to help guide soldiers through the messy business of rebuilding war-ravaged communities. Thus came “Stability Operations Winning the Peace,” modeled loosely on the commercial games “Tropico” and “Sim City.” Players assume the role of local military commanders of a stability operation, and are exposed to the political, military, economic, social and intelligence levers they can pull in a particular situation, while they learn the consequences of their actions. Full Story

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