More and more games for a good cause are being developed.
This one, 3rd world farmer, is made by Danish students at the IT-University in Copenhagen last year.
3rd World Farmer is a new kind of game. An experiment in the genre of Serious Games, it aims at simulating the real-world mechanisms that cause and sustain poverty in 3rd World countries.
In the game, the player gets to manage an African farm, and is soon confronted with the often difficult choices that poverty and conflict necessitate. The developers find this kind of experience efficient at making the issues relevant to people, because players tend to invests their hopes in a game character whose fate depends on him. The developers aim at making the player “experience” the injustices, rather than being told about them, so as to stimulate a deeper and more personal reflection on the topics.
The developers think the game has the potential to be an eye-opener to people who have become accustomed to the ordinary means of communicating third world desperation. Their aim is to have everybody play the game, reflect, discuss and act on it. The game is well suited to start off discussions about 3rd World issues, so they also encourage teachers to use it in their classes.
Play 3rd World Farmer