Charlie Hall writes: “The game starts with her mother dying of cholera. And in this first shot your older brother dies trying to defend you. Meanwhile, Elika herself — you — escape away and a bullet grazes your infant baby brother”. Elika’s Escape is not an actual Serious Game, but a publicity initiative pitched by UNICEF at a gaming convention to raise awareness on the conflict in South Sudan. Attendees were shocked by the idea of a realistic game on that terrible conflict – what about actually trying to make a serious game out of that? Something that is not disrespectful, but that helps Western people understand better that terrible situation?
Read Charlie Hall’s article on Elika’s Escape at http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/12/7380831/UNICEF-video-game-stunt-south-sudan