Breakthrough, an organization that does human rights work in both the United States and India, has released a game, ICED (I Can End Deportation) to help players learn the ins and outs of immigration policy and rights. The game, which targets youth, is intended to teach players how unfair U.S. immigration policy is.
The game is available as a free download, and includes educational materials for teachers who might want to use the game in the classroom. It’s an interesting intersection of web activism and educational gaming, to say the least. The amount of collaboration that has gone into the project is impressive — New York City teachers and dozens of students weighed in on the project. A number of organizations have created web-based games related to their pet issues, but ICED is more comprehensive than many of these projects. It’s not just a gimmick to convince players to spend more time at the organization’s web site, and incorporates a great deal of significant information. What remains to be seen is how successful the project will be at reaching its intended audience and what that audience will think of the game.