Welcome to “Nuclear Decisions,” an online role-playing game that places users into the positions of officials and citizens who must make specific nuclear decisions under real-world conditions, such as time pressures, conflicting information, and uncertainty. Users’ decisions in one part of the game affect the scenarios they confront and the choices they have in subsequent parts of the game. By the end of the game, a seemingly small decision, such as, whether U.S. officials should re-open diplomatic channels with their Russian counterparts, have much larger implications for global security.
The game, which includes educational materials about a range of nuclear risk concepts, gives the public at large greater insight into the factors that real decision makers confront as they make critical decisions about nuclear weapons. It was created by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and online game designer Playmatics, in collaboration with Public Radio International and N-Square.
Enjoy the game. Although this is a simulation, it gets at issues that our news programs cover every day. To see some of our coverage of these issues, visit our Nuclear Family series and our other Global Security stories.