Feds Funding More Video Games for Good

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Feds Funding More Video Games for Good

Jan 15, 2013

MISS ADVENTURE? The government's funded an educational game that involves playing as a black female protagonist "battling the evil forces of climate change and gender issues." Dubbed "HERadventure," the game is the brainchild of a a filmmaker and digital media artist at Spelman College in Atlanta, and was awarded a $100K grant from the National Endowment for the Arts last April. It's set for release on March 8 (to coincide with International Women's Day)--and we certainly hope it's less glitchy than the State Department-produced game we recently tried. As expected, some are irked that money from government coffers is going to gaming. But like it or not, this administration is serious about gaming--especially within the Department of Ed. Through the Institute of Education Sciences, numerous educational gaming projects have been awarded grants up to $150K--and applications are open for others this year.

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