Play the game here: darfurisdying.com Darfur is Dying is an online flash game designed to serve as an informational entryway to the current genocide in the S...
Darfur is Dying is an online flash game designed to serve as an informational entryway to the current genocide in the Sudan. The game is an exploration of social-issue driven digital gaming and weaves uncomplicated and immediate mechanisms into the gameplay that seek to effect real world change.
Darfur is Dying is a collaboration with mtvU (MTV Networks college network) in partnership The International Crisis Group NGO and The Reebok Human Rights Foundation.
In the game’s first month, it reached 700,000 players. Since then, the game has prompted thousands of people to e-mail the White House or petition local representatives. It has also convinced MTV to include games in all its campaigns.” Time also notes the power of games for learning, social engagement and political action.
Darfur Is Dying depicts the struggle of a single individual to survive in the midst of famine and violence in the Darfur region of Sudan.
The game’s designer, Susana Ruiz, wanted to increase public awareness of this suffering, with the hope that using a game to dramatize the dangers of daily life in Darfur would spur a desire to help the afflicted people.
The game is browser-based. During each turn of the game, players face challenges like finding water, evading Janjaweed militias, and planting crops in an arid, war-torn region.
· Darfur is Dying game demo: http://youtu.be/gehaZkV8034
· Darfur is Dying website: http://www.darfurisdying.com/
· Games for Change game review:http://www.gamesforchange.org/play/darfur-is-dying/
Susana Ruiz is the co-founder of the game design collective Take Action Games, which seeks to address critical social issues via innovative gameplay.