In the first of two Serious Games-related features for today, Rusel DeMaria writes up his impressions of A Force More Powerful
, arguably one of the most intriguing products at the 2005 Serious Games Summit.
The product was conceived and executed by a group that includes the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), documentary filmmakers York-Zimmerman and Breakaway Games, Ltd, and, as DeMaria explains:
"Inspired by the York-Zimmerman documentary of the same name, which was aired on PBS in 2000 and narrated by Ben Kingsley, the game is a turn-based strategy game that currently consists of ten pre-built scenarios and an editing system that will allow players to create scenarios of their own.
Behind the game is a wealth of real-world and theoretical experience on the subject of nonviolent conflict, including Dr. Peter Ackerman, chairman of the ICNC and Ivan Marovic of Otpor, the Serbian resistance movement that played a critical role in the ousting of Slobodan Milosevic. The project supervisor is Steve York, who created the original documentary."
You can now read the full Gamasutra feature on the subject
, including further impressions of the unique 'serious game' (no registration required, please feel free to link to the article from external websites).