Games are good. Gaming for good is even better.
I’m really excited for the release of, “Half the Sky Movement: The Game” on March 4th. Released via Games for Change as a supplement to the book, “”Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” the game will focus on raising awareness of issues like female genital mutilation and child prostitution.
The central character, an Indian woman named Radhika, faces various challenges with the assistance of players, who can help out with donations of virtual goods, for example. The players can then make equivalent real-world donations to seven nonprofit organizations woven into the game.
Ten dollars, for example, will help buy a goat for Heifer International; $20 will help support United Nations Foundation immunization efforts.
To further engage players, those who reach predesignated levels unlock donations from Johnson & Johnson and Pearson, which have each contributed $250,000 to buy real-world operations from the Fistula Foundation and books for Room to Read, respectively.
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely cannot wait to play this game. In the meantime, check out a preview: