Against All Odds

by alphamonkey on November 12, 2007 · 0 comments

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Against All OddsNo, not the forgettable James Woods/ Jeff Bridges film, nor its accompanying Phil Collins title track. Against All Odds is an educational game designed by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees to educate players about the very real dangers refugees face, from the conditions that force citizens to flee their home, to the perilous journeys many must undertake with little to no resources, to the bewildering and frightening existence of living in a strange land with no grasp of the language and cultures.

As far as edutainment goes, it’s certainly effective. Playing as an suspected dissident, you’re forced to sign away all your rights under penalty of severe punishment (indeed, the blood creeping across the page from the first player perspective is certainly horrific). Each moment in the game allows you to explore the very real locales in which these things are occurring every day, so as an empathy builder the game is top-notch.

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