'Culture Shock: Afghanistan' is a PC-based strategy game being tested by the armed forces that prepares captains for deployment by teaching them lessons in cultural awareness.

In our research for The Future Of Gaming report, our consulting team noticed a growing tendency towards games being used To Embed Knowledge. One example of this manifestation is ‘Culture Shock: Afghanistan‘- a PC-based strategy game being tested by the United States Army that prepares captains for deployment to Afghanistan by teaching them lessons in cultural awareness. Developed by national security services provider, IDS International of Arlington, VA, players react to simulated events which mirror those likely to occur in an Afghan village, from mitigating crop and labor disputes, to managing more serious threats like Taliban offensives and corruption. The game is intended to help officers gain insight into the challenges faced by Afghan villagers. At the end of the eight-week class, instructors test to see how their students’ analytical and cultural understanding has improved.

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