Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Global Awareness Through Gaming

Too often, the only news we hear about video games are the complaints about how the violence seen is warping children's minds, causing them to shoot up schools, and cause complete and utter chaos throughout even the most tepid neighborhoods.

The truth is that video games have joined a long list of cop-outs and scapegoats for parents and advocacy groups.

I'll hop down from the soapbox long enough to share a site with you. It's a video game sponsored by mtvU, and though it's no where near as violent as it could and perhaps should be, it is a game about Darfur built to educate, inform, and incite the mainstream through interactivity.

Check it out.

If you're interested in learning more about Darfur, but aren't into games, check out Eyes on Darfur, a partnership with Google Maps/Earth that shows how genocide travels from village to village.

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