U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

October 9, 2008 -

The United Nations Population Fund has awarded Champlain College's Emergent Media Center a $600,000 grant to develop an interactive game aimed at preventing violence against women in developing nations. The target audience for the game will be young boys and the game will be rolled out in South Africa initially.

Toward that end, a group faculty and students from Champlain visited Cape Town in August. For more information, check out the Emergent Media Center's blog or join its Facebook group


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Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

This is just a cop out. Instead of doing something that could possibly help they fund a game to "Teach" Boys not to abuse women, even though in the real world they see it happening all the time. The video game will do nothing, there will be no change to what is happening.

Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

United Nations is more like United Abnation.  They never get shit done right.

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Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

I think most people would be much more likely to play a game where the objective was to abuse women than the other way around.

Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

I don't think they would to be honest.

Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

$600,000 into a videogame is this how they are going to make the world a better place?

...This is why I like rts games, whenever someone starts spending enormous amounts of resources on unnecessary things I get to kill them and then point out what they did wrong.

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Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

$600,000 is totally enough money to make a video game

Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

Well, the UN would be a lot more effective if countries actually lived up to their original promise and abided by the decisions it made, it's hardly surprising the UN is useless when absolutely every country involved simply ignores it when it suits them, that includes the UK and the US. There's no point submitting yourself to an authority 'when it suits us'.

Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

It would also be more effective if it wasn't overrun with Islamists and at least attempted to stop terrorist states, like the Sudan or say, IRAN.

Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

Agreed, the whole thing has fallen into a state where it is, quite probably, beyond repair, there's no general requirement to 'do good' in the UN anymore, it's every man for himself, and in becoming that, it has completely out-lived its usefullness.

Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

Okay. So?

Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

I don't think it's going to work, guys.

Can we just disband the U.N.? Please? It's become nothing more than a pile of anti-Semitism and corruption.

Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

If only we had moral, ethical leaders who do what is best for their country, and man kind as a whole...

This concept isnt bad, but it will prove on thing, video games have a minimal effect on people.  I am all for it, and then JT and those like him can shut their trap for all of time, but we know that wont happen.

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Re: U.N. Grant Funds Game to Prevent 3rd World Abuse of Women

 I predict this will do nothing.  Aside from that got to give props to the UN for trying to look like it's doing something productive.

 
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