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Virtual Peace - Humanitarian Relief Simulation

Virtual Peace, a humanitarian relief simulation, uses the platform developed for “America’s Army” training and recruitment game software and repurposes it to support training in the peacemaking and peacebuilding field. Since it’s launch, more than 9 million players have registered for America’s Army game, so Virtual Peace has a lot of ground to make up! Currently, the platform is being tested in a number of public policy courses with students playing the various in-game roles.


The project reflects an interdisciplinary collaboration among experts and educators at the Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution, Virtual Heroes (a Durham, NC-based developer of game-based training and learning environments), Duke University’s Visual Studies Initiative, the Duke Computer Science Department, and the Program for Information Science + Information in Society at Duke. Together, the group has transformed video game technology previously used for army training simulations into an innovative tool for international humanitarian aid education. The simulation developed by these partners takes as its model the real-life events following a major natural disaster: Hurricane Mitch, which devastated much of Central America in 1998. The project is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and by HASTAC, the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory.

Play the video below for a quick introduction: