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Friday, July 13, 2007

Video game: You win if you escape deportation

In what is likely the most interesting immigration-related news tidbit in the pop culture sphere, ABC News reports that a New York-based human rights group called Breakthrough has designed a video game called "ICED!", or "I Can Escape Deportation!".

The game, free to download here starting this September, allows players to step into the role of an undocumented immigrant in the United States, with the ultimate goal of avoiding deportation by the immigration authorities.

From the ABC News article:
ICED! players are required to make "moral choices." Jumping turnstiles in the subway or robbing stores causes players to lose points and puts them in danger of getting caught by an immigration official and detained or deported.

Conversely, players can gain points and avoid detention by planting trees, helping the elderly or volunteering around their community.

According to Breakthrough's Web site, the game simply and directly "teaches players about the unjust nature of U.S. immigration policy."

Random deportation trials, long lines to use the phone and sexual harrassment in detention centers are among the situations depicted in the game.

9 comments:

Frank Gehry said...

I support these unorthodox attempts to reach the youth. Immigration is a subject they should all be versed in

MaryST said...

Anything to pump up the open borders propaganda, eh Frank?

Anonymous said...

Propaganda my foot. Everything in the game is based on real situations.

Iced Video Game said...

Breakthrough is taking the fight for immigrants rights viral! The video game called ICED uses a multiracial cast of young avatars with varying degrees of citizenship to teach the video game players about the hard decisions many immigrants face everyday. “Make poor decisions, you will be detained with no respect for your human rights.”

Anonymous said...

who ever the idiot that invented this let me tell you yhis isn't funny.

1st: families get seperated by this
2nd: thet only come here to pogress(which that is something Americans don't knoe how to do, they cheat and are lazy)
3rd: families suffer and have hard time living
4th: criminal ssould be deported, but not the hard-working people(specially Mexicans)

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