Underground Railroad Game Funded by National Endowment for Humanities

July 13, 2009 -

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $100,000 grant to a Norfolk University history professor to develop a video game which tells the tale of the Underground Railroad.

Prof. Cassandra Newby-Alexander said that the history of the Underground Railroad, a network which helped slaves escape from the South in pre-Civil War days, is not well understood:

The underground Railroad was a much more complex issue than it's been made out. When you push a person to a point where they have nothing to lose, that's when you create a formidable enemy. Ultimately, human beings are going to be free.

When you ask people to describe the Underground Railroad, they think of Harriet Tubman on foot, with a gun. Most slaves didn't escape that way. I don't want to dumb-down the game.

Newby-Alexander is working with a local playwright to create a script for the game, which is expected for PC in 2011.

Via: Kotaku


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Re: Underground Railroad Game Funded by National Endowment ...

Alright, if the Underground Railroad isn't understood, how do they plan on making a game about it?  What kind of a game are they making?  Considering the fact that there were a lot of different paths people could take on the Underground Railroad, this seems like a very complicated game.  I wish them well with this, but without more information, I can't possibly imagine this being made into a decent game.

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Re: Underground Railroad Game Funded by National Endowment ...

I remember Freedom on the Apple IIe.

I never got very far.

Re: Underground Railroad Game Funded by National Endowment ...

There was a game for the apple IIe that was based around it. I used to play it. Too bad I can't remember the name of it.

Re: Underground Railroad Game Funded by National Endowment ...

I actually wanted this to be made into a video game for quite sometime. Glad to see i wasen't the only one who thought of it.

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Re: Underground Railroad Game Funded by National Endowment ...

Well, time to wait for the outrage.

Re: Underground Railroad Game Funded by National Endowment ...

Just sit back and enjoy the ride. It's going to be a big one, that's for sure.

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Re: Underground Railroad Game Funded by National Endowment ...

From who? he's getting the script for the game from a Playwright. It would take a very small minded person to....

Nevermind, i get it now. Damn.

Re: Underground Railroad Game Funded by National Endowment ...

"they think of Harriet Tubman on foot, with a gun. Most slaves didn't escape that way. I don't want to dumb-down the game"

Aww damn, I wanna play "Harriet Tubman: Out for Revenge" the First Person Shooter!

Re: Underground Railroad Game Funded by National Endowment ...

I would TOTALLY play a game with Harriet Tubman, on foot, with a gun. Yes, it's historically innaccurate, and it could (likely would) piss people off- but if Mel Brooks can make The Last Supper and the French Revolution funny, then someone can definitely make a game like that for shits and giggles.

Nevertheless, it's a decent undertaking to make a game based around the issue and events.

 
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