Joseph DeLappe is most well known for his "Dead-in-Iraq" activism in the MMO "America’s Army." He’s been pissing off gamers for awhile now by going into the first-person-shooter and typing into open chat the names of all the service people killed in the line of duty in Iraq.
Now’s he’s on to bigger and better things: promoting an entire MMO on public diplomacy called "America’s Diplomat." Although I’ve been responsible for more than my share of spoof MMOs (Quaker, Shakespeare, etc.), I actually think this is a pretty cool idea.
Imagine a game where you learn the ins and outs of being a diplomat, negotiating foreign customs, laws, cultures, and mores as you try and broker a deal that benefits your home country. The tool of the trade are not BFGs or broadswords but instead are international law, economic power, military threat, and charisma.
Could be a nice way to train students of international affairs and diplomacy as well as a recruitment tool for those who are curious about the job opportunities in the foreign service.
Sure this is based on a fake New York Times article, but IMO it’s crazy enough to actually work.