Game Teaches Impoverished Kenyans How to Deal with Crime, AIDS

September 9, 2009 -

Last December GamePolitics reported on Pamoja Mtaani, a PC game developed through a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive, North Carolina-based Virtual Heroes (creators of America's Army) and The Partnership For an HIV-free Generation.

The game's title translates to "Together in the Hood," and Pamoja Mtaani aims to help players learn skills to negotiate difficult issues such as crime and HIV in some of East Africa's most impoverished areas.

GP reader Wai Yen Tang dropped us a line to say that a video report on the game and how it is being used is now available on YouTube.


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Isn't everyone in Kenya impoverished? The GDP is less than $2k. Unless they mean impoverished compared to other Kenyans.  This game gives me the lulz.

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This thread went stupid in one post. How quaint.

Anyways, as JDKJ pointed out, how can one be impoverished and at the same time have the tech to play this game (As well as the free time). There's only one way for people to access this, and even that costs money.

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You have a point with the PC thing. But as far as the leisure time point thing, no. Many impovrished people have plenty of "leisure time". But more often it's not so much leisure as much as "I don't have any money to actually do anything so I'll just sit in this chair and stare at the wall." watch did you hear about the morgans online | watch nine online
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This game isn't racist, it's stupid. You can't be too impoverished if you've access to a PC and leisure time to play games on it.

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You have a point with the PC thing.  But as far as the leisure time point thing, no.  Many impovrished people have plenty of "leisure time".  But more often it's not so much leisure as much as "I don't have any money to actually do anything so I'll just sit in this chair and stare at the wall."

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Re: Game Teaches Impoverished Kenyans How to Deal with ...

You may be surprised by the amount of time and effort that often goes into being poor.

Re: Game Teaches Impoverished Kenyans How to Deal with ...

Am I reading too much into it, or did you REALLY just imply the poor are poor because they choose to be and make an effort to be?

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Re: Game Teaches Impoverished Kenyans How to Deal with ...

Yes, you are. I'm saying that the very poor often have to expend vast amounts of time and effort simply ensuring that they don't keel over dead. 

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Ah right, I getcha now.

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Re: Game Teaches Impoverished Kenyans How to Deal with ...

Actually many of these areas have access to internet caffes which spread out the cost of computer ownership. 

As for leisure time.  Impoverished areas are usually that way due to lack of employment... so LOTS of free time.

Still, I admit I do not see the value in such games.  I have a difficult time seeing anyone in these regions actually playing them and even if they do, not pulling useful lessons.

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Do you think the impoverished of Kenya prefer to sip lattes or cappuccinos while they hang out at cafes, idly surfing the internet? LOL!! But at least the cafes in Kenya must have a more liberal admission policy than those in the States. I don't see too many cafes in the States that'll allow patrons inside who aren't wearing any shoes.

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I know, it's just that anytime anyone makes a game about a somewhat negative subject and the focus is in Africa, someone cries racism.

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Re: Game Teaches Impoverished Kenyans How to Deal with ...

You mean that one time it happened because of Resident Evil 5? (If there are other occurances, I'm just unaware of them, although I wouldn;t be at all surprised.)

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RE5, and L4D2.

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Re: Game Teaches Impoverished Kenyans How to Deal with ...

L4D2 is New Orleans, not Africa.

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Re: Game Teaches Impoverished Kenyans How to Deal with ...

But it has black people. That are called African-American. Like from Africa. Therefore, it MUST be racist. Even if New Orleans in mostly black. How dare those white racist pigs use a common demographic to represent a realistic depiction of a city.

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Re: Game Teaches Impoverished Kenyans How to Deal with ...

How long until someone says this game is racist?

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