"Serious" video games use role-play to raise awareness

12/22/2005 | USA Today

Some developers tapping into the huge demand for video games have created simulated environments where users can get a taste of military life (America's Army), bring aid to famine-stricken countries (Food Force) or unseat a dictator (the soon-to-be released A Force More Powerful.) Parents and others tired of commercial games' violence view many of the new programs as powerful teaching tools for children and young adults.

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