'1378' Creator Reveals New Project

November 13, 2012 -

A new video game that will be highlighted at the Games for Change conference hosted by RMIT in Melbourne on Thursday and Friday hopes to raise awareness about refugees seeking asylum in Australia. Refugees often take dangerous journeys on the open seas to reach the shores of friendly democracies. The game puts players in the shoes of these "boat people" who are trying to make their way to places like Australia to find safe haven and the kind of freedom and opportunities not available to them in their native lands. Players can also play as the authorities, though details on that aspect of gameplay has not been disclosed. The game is being developed by Jens Stober, a PhD student at RMIT University's GEELab campus in Karlsruhe, Germany.

You may remember Stober for previous work that was considered controversial, like the 2010 first-person shooter game called "1378". In that game, players can be border guards or refugees fleeing the East German communist regime. The ability of guards to shoot fugitives caused outrage among victims' relatives and advocacy groups. Stober's next game was Frontiers, which shed light on the European refugee issue.

Stober says that his is in the research phase of development with his latest game and plans to launch it next year.

"It's not my aim to promote some kind of scandal, it's just to provide some information for people that are not that deeply into this topic," Stober claims. "The games are addressed to a generation that I think doesn't have a lot to do with this topic yet."

You can learn more about his work here. For details on the Games For Change event Australia, check out www.gamesforchange.org.au.

Source: Great Lakes Advocate



Re: '1378' Creator Reveals New Project

People do not have an inherent right to cross international borders...

Re: '1378' Creator Reveals New Project

People have the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If said rights are threatened in their home state, why should they not have the right to seek the protection of those rights in another state?

"Sorry dude. But your rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are annulled by our right to keep you out of our country."

Sounds kind of dumb, don't you think? 

Re: '1378' Creator Reveals New Project

No, nobody has a right to invade my country. Period.

Re: '1378' Creator Reveals New Project

Especially when you consider most modern countries got their lands by taking it from someone else...

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