Joystiq carried this story yesterday…
The U.N. World Food Program has begun promoting its new game, â€œFood Forceâ€, to help educate children about the conditions faced by the hungry in war-torn battle zones. The game unfolds on a fictitious island packed with dense jungles and vicious rebel forces. From the outset, Food Force appears to be a standard shoot-em-up action/adventure, but instead of packing heat, youâ€™re carrying around food supplies. The challenge is to deliver the goods to starving civilians while avoiding any hostile forces. You are also in charge of setting up Sim City-esque farm projects.
I had a chance to download and launch it on OS X. I haven’t played it yet, but it looks very promising. There is even a whole section for teachers at the Food Force website. It’s also for a good cause so there is now a new banner on the web version of this blog – between the ONE banner and the Google adds on the right.
Please comment if any of you play this game or use it with students.