Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

UNICEF: Our video game idea caused a walkout

An interesting video game pitch was recently made at a Washington DC gaming convention. Or was it?

In an effort to raise awareness of the situation of children in South Sudan, UNICEF embarked on an unusual kind of campaign.

We sent an actor, a film crew and two South Sudanese youth to a major video game convention in Washington, D.C., and we were given a keynote address slot to pitch an exciting new video game to an audience of gaming enthusiasts

The gamers in the room were real, as were their reactions and the footage that we captured for this short film.

In 2014, disasters and crises have affected children in many parts of the world.

In South Sudan, which only a few years ago celebrated its independence, food crisis and conflict during the past year have had deadly consequences for children.

Raising awareness is just one step toward helping the children of South Sudan, who are living every day in a life-or-death situation, and it is not a game.

You can watch the video below, and find out more about the situation of children in South Sudan here.

2 responses to “UNICEF: Our video game idea caused a walkout

  1. Donna Russell 13/12/2014 at 11:28 pm

    I am developing a two book series titled The Handbook of Research On Gaming Trends in P-12 Education. I would like to extend you an invitation to submit a chapter proposal. You can write from the perspective of a practioners/designer developing simulations for global education and the trends you anticipate in the future. Please contact me if you have questions at
    Donna Russell, Ph.D
    School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
    College of Education
    Univeristy of Missouri

  2. Rex Brynen 13/12/2014 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks for the invitation, Donna. I don’t really work on P-12 (and I’m overloaded with other commitments), but other readers working in this area might be in touch.

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