Conflict zone VR game teaches peacekeeping skills

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Rightly or not, violent video games have often been criticized for encouraging aggressive and callous behavior in their players. In this context, virtual reality gaming — which is even more immersive and engrossing — could provide further dangers. But now, a team of researchers at Trinity College Dublin is attempting to invert that process and are harnessing those very characteristics to help teach peacekeeping skills, via a virtual reality game — Gaming for Peace. Gaming for Peace is an online role-playing game that aims to teach its players peacekeeping skills such as communication, cultural sensitivity and gender awareness. It is…

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