Games of Social Change


Call it a social trend or just a liberal gimmick. Nonetheless, new games focusing on social issues are hitting the Internet in fast numbers and are winning the applause of video-gamers and reformers alike.

The latest game is called “ICED” whose theme is immigration. In “ICED” (short for “I can end deportation”) players are one of five characters weaving around a fictitious American city, doing their best to avoid the ICE (the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

Each character is different: an illegal immigrant, a visa-holding college student, a green-card worker, a U.S-born son of illegally immigrated parents, and an African American girl who wrote a disparaging college essay about the Patriot Act. 

The game was developed by a non-profit educational organization in New York and is free to download.


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