LatinaLista — What is a new video game about illegal immigration that is due to launch in November going to accomplish that countless blog posts, documentaries and news stories couldn’t?
Well, for one thing, it’s going to show players of the new game ICED! I Can End Deportation that the life of an undocumented teenager is no party.
The 3D game which will be available for download when it is launched in November is being made by a revolutionary new international human rights group called Breakthrough.
Through the use of YouTube videos, games like ICED, music albums, and animated shorts, Breakthrough attempts to educate everyone about current issues, but targets the next generation of policy makers and voters through media that is relevant to them.
Though the subject of immigration is an issue that people are aware of, unless they know or are undocumented immigrants themselves, it is an issue that is still nothing more than a news story to many.
Breakthrough’s game ICED! attempts to break down that wall of disconnect and put players into the shoes of those who are undocumented.
In the game, players choose one of several undocumented characters they wish to personify. Once players are that character they spend the rest of the game being pursued by immigration officers.
Throughout the game, players are faced with hard decisions that makes them think hard about what is right and what is wrong. They also must answer quiz questions that challenge their knowledge of current immigration policies.
Get it right and they enjoy a little more time as a free person. Get it wrong and the likelihood of being thrown into detention just shot up.
Once in detention, the make-believe character undergoes what real detainees have to endure: forced to live in a prison-like environment, being separated from their family, living under unjust conditions and not knowing when the nightmare will end.
Breakthrough hopes that by playing this game a greater realization of what the country is subjecting undocumented immigrants to will be felt and understood, and hopefully can serve as the force for positive change.
According to Breakthrough, it’s all about dignity, equality and justice.