Wednesday, May 4, 2011

America 2049: More About Games and Social Change

The Activist Writer on America 2049:
The fact is people already use Facebook to bring attention to a cause or issue. We all know Facebook has even been credited with a revolution (see: Egypt). Aren’t those who want to make a social impact already doing so, without the help of a game?

This has been another edition of simple answers to simple questions.

Seriously, preach it, Activist Writer.

Try to save the world in whatever way you can. Play games because they’re fun. Don’t pretend that you’re helping the world by playing a game that you would have played anyway!

And now to turn on a dime and take you to task for one line in that blog post:
The subject of human rights is not one that ignites a fire under those people who are more interested in Angry Birds or Call of Duty.
No reason to get nasty, guys.

What I think you meant to say is that people play these games because they’re fun and not to address social issues. What you actually said is that game players don’t care about human rights.

Gamers aren’t defined solely by the games they play. They are people like anybody else, and have lots of interests and concerns

I do agree, however, that if either of those games were about social issues, they would probably cease to be fun.


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