A Video Game to Help Prevent Domestic Violence

March 8, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Wendi Stein for the link to this blog posting by the Chronicle of Higher Education on the eGame funded by a grant from the UN Population Fund to Population Media Center, with the work on the game being done by students and faculty at Champlain College’s Emergent Media Center. As I have previously reported to this list, the game is designed to move young men away from committing violence against women, and the project is now part of the UN Secretary General’s UNite Campaign to End Violence against Women.

Here are links to various videos and blogs about the game project:
EMC blog: http://emergentmediacenter.blogspot.com
UN VAW blog: http://emc-gamestakeonvaw.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Emergent-Media-Center/68199173333?ref=ts
1:44 minute issue promotional: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB7uMBLzkBk
10:30 minute project promotional: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_jD7mGxu1Y
40 minute pre-production documentary: www.emergentmediacenter.com/unvaw/video/
Project web site: http://www.emergentmediacenter.com/unvaw

A Video Game to Help Prevent Domestic Violence

A team at Champlain College wants to educate boys about the effects of violence against women. So they are creating a product using two things that appeal to their target audience: soccer and video games.

The university’s Emergent Media Center is working on a project with a grant from United Nations Population Fund to design a game for boys between 9 and 13. The project, created with support from the Population Media Center, features soccer matches broken up by narrative sections, with players facing social decisions on and off the field. The game should appear online sometime in March, and the production team will formally debut the game during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa this summer.

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