Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Political and Social Games

After receiving the 1000th political phone message, I starting looking for articles and came across this from the BBC about online political games from the 2004 presidential elections. I did a Google search to see some current games and found some interesting topics. For example, 3rd World Farmer challenges players to keep themselves and their families alive while managing a farm in Africa. Along the same lines is "Darfur is Dying" a glimpse of what it's like for the millions who have been displaced in Sudan with the idea of showing how to help end the genocide. There is certainly a large variety ranging from drugs to religion. One I found particularly disturbing was "Ethnic Cleansing" the player can choose either a skinhead or a Klansman and runs through a ghetto murdering black people, before heading into a subway to murder Jews. When the player reaches the "Jewish Control Center", they must kill Ariel Sharon to win the game. Finally, I found one in Second Life "Exchanging Cultures" each player becomes a diplomat who must attempt to understand the cultures of the people that he/she is building relationships with, as well as share elements of his/her own culture. A refreshing alternative to "Ethnic Cleansing". Why does it seem like the people with the worst agenda's are the first to get their message to the masses using new technologies ?


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