Understanding Race Through Gaming
Play your way to a new understanding of what it's like to be a different race in America today.
A propos de vous
A propos de vous
A propos de votre organisation
États Unis, GA, Atlanta, Fulton County
Pays dans lesquels ce projet crée un impact social
États Unis, GA, Atlanta, Fulton County
Votre organisation est-elle une
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Prestataire intervenant après l’école, Autre.
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Publique (pas de frais de scolarité)
Depuis combien de temps votre organisation opère-t-elle ?
Moins d'un année
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Idée (vous êtes sur le point de lancer le projet)
Depuis combien de temps votre solution est-elle en vigueur?
Encore au stade de l'idée, mais il sera bientôt lancé
Le besoin : quel problème tentez-vous de résoudre ?
The need for a more empathetic understanding of race across color lines. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, outrage at Rue's casting in the Hunger Games and suspension of the 2 teenage girls in Gainesville Florida for racist rants on youtube, it is clear that we have some deep race issues to work through as a nation. The subtleties of racism and privilege in contemporary American society are being lost in wide generalizations and a lack of understanding of the other's perspective. A real conversation about race can only begin once there is some empathy for what it is to experience privilege or systemic racism in 2012.
La solution: quelle solution proposez-vous ? Soyez précis !
A Role Playing Game (RPG) is defined as: a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting, or through a process of structured decision-making or character development.
RPGs offer an opportunity for people to literally step into another character's shoes momentarily. A role playing game that emulates the challenges of contemporary race relations in a fictional world and allows various situations to play out differently based on the person's decisions and identity will help create the feeling of empathy necessary to understand the subtleties of racism in 2012 in a way that does not make the players defensive.
Le système : décrivez un exemple spécifique montrant de quelle façon votre initiative fonctionne ; indiquez vos principales activités.
Jared, a 15 year old African-American boy sits down to play the game. His character's name is Kronk and is a member of the Bovil group. He lives in a Bovil neighborhood, has had mostly bovil friends and colleagues. Kronk is a cop. Kronk wakes up and has the option to read the paper at breakfast. He chooses yes, and reads stories about break-ins committed by some Zoinks in a nearby town. He puts the paper down and gets in his car. He decides to turn on the radio and changes it to the news station. There is another report of a Zoinks committing a wave of robberies in the next state. He changes to a popular music station and hear's some famous Zoink rappers. He changes back to news. He is at work. He has been assigned neighborhood patrol. He and his partner drive through the neighborhood. He can choose to stop to talk to a Bovil neighbor. He does. He continues through the neighborhood. His partner calls to his attention a group of Zoinks walking together. He turns to Kronk and gives him the option of questioning them or just driving past. Kronk decides to stop them.
After playing that round, Jared can be probed either discussion style in class or in the game, if Jared's decision to stop the Kronks was racist. Was it profiling? Was it stereotyping? Or was it responsible action.
Each module allows for the character to make the small decisions we make daily. At crucial ones, (such as the moment the player must decide whether to stop the Zoinks) they are forced to reflect on the motivation that lead to the action in the game and in real life.
Le marché : qui sont vos collègues et vos concurrents ? Identifiez les autres personnes qui travaillent à répondre au même besoin et indiquez ce qui vous différencie d'elles. Comment ces concurrents pourraient-ils influencer votre réussite ou votre croissance ?
Games for Change is a category of gaming that offers games that are similar in that they have a wider social aim to achieve with their games than just entertainment. Games like Way encourage empathy and America 2049 confronts players with issues of democracy in the nation, nobody has attempted to evoke empathy across different racial groups or address race through an RPG in America today.
Maintenant que vous avez bien réfléchi à votre participation, aidez-nous à la présenter.
décrivez votre organisation, votre programme ainsi que les services ou les produits proposés (1 ou 2 phrases brèves). [136 caractères/25 mots]
This is an RPg that deepens young people's understanding of race relations today by putting the player in another race's shoes.
expliquez le caractère innovant de votre initiative (1 ou 2 phrases brèves). [136 caractères/25 mots]
It generates empathy through an interactive experience and explores the controversy of race through play.
This Entry is about (Issues)
Jusqu'à ce jour, quels résultats a obtenu votre projet ?
Compelling games offer a unique opportunity for the player to lose themselves in another identity, and another world. Video games are often berated for children identifying too closely with violent characters, however if children start identify with characters who encounter different challenges because of their "group" or race, there is the potential for them to understand race in a new way and for the first time, identify with members of another race.
Quelles sont vos prévisions en termes d'impact au cours des trois prochaines années?
Thousands of children would have played and critically assessed their actions in the game and how they relate to race today. As a result they would share a more empathetic view of what shapes privilege, racial disparity, and discrimination in our world today.
Quels sont les obstacles qui risquent de freiner votre projet ? Comment pensez-vous les surmonter ?
Negative accusations from others about how the various "races" are represented in the game. This is something that can be prevented against in the game's design by allowing each character in each group to have several layers of identity that cut across different classes, education levels, and cultural attitudes. Each avatar's blend of those things is completely determined by the player who has a great deal of control over his or her character in the game but is still reacted to differently in each situational environment.
Les meilleures propositions possèdent un programme solide détaillant leurs prévisions pour atteindre et suivre leurs objectifs de croissance. Identifiez vos objectifs à 6 mois pour accroître vos résultats
Définissez les trois tâches principales à accomplir pour atteindre ces objectifs à six mois
Build team: Secure artist, developer,& producer for the team. Also organize counsel of experts in race relations for design
Develop concept fully: story line fully developed, characters, levels, and method of winning
Complete Game Design documents and basic prototypes of game
Et maintenant, voyez les choses en plus grand ! Identifiez vos objectifs à 12 mois
Game Beta completed
Définissez les trois tâches principales à accomplir pour atteindre vos objectifs à 12 mois
Attract funding from investors through the game pitch document
Assemble full production team
Complete Game Alpha level
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
One day on twitter, I came across this tweet: <> It was directed towards Toure, a writer who had been commenting frequently on the racial implications of the Trayvon Martin case for weeks. The twitter user who made the comment was immediately accosted with responses from several people who saw the statement as insensitive and a complete disregard for the role race can and does play in life today. I wondered what it would take for him to "get it", to understand that whether we mention it or not, race does matter. Upon seeing this competition, I realized empathy was the only way, and that could best be achieved through somehow "becoming" black. Improbable in real life, but completely possible in the game.
Quels sont vos différents partenariats ?
I currently don't have any partnerships but would be willing to partner with organizations that support healthy interracial dialogue to help market and promote the game and the discussions that could be curated in schools in various atlanta communities.
Avec quelle équipe (employés, bénévoles, etc.) pensez-vous atteindre vos objectifs de croissance définis dans la section sur l'impact social? [75 mots]
A staff with the technical expertise to get the job done
A counsel of mentors who can help guide and maximize the content
Someone who can help procure funds in order to get the game developed
Expliquez plus en détails les besoins et les offres indiqués ci-dessus ou proposez un type d'aide non mentionné dans la liste