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Can a Video Game Tackle Alcoholism Without Being Preachy?

by Chelsea Stark,

Video games are meant to be an escape. Become the hero or blow up your enemies. Games don’t often tackle real-world issues because that hasn’t been their purpose, and because it’s difficult for them to do so.

That is beginning to change in 2012. Games that force the player to witness difficult events (Spec Ops: The Line) or make tough choices (The Walking Dead series by Telltale Games) are being accessed by thousands. But neither of these tackle issues that any of us could face at home: the demons of alcoholism in a family.

That’s the mission of Papo & Yo, a PlayStation Network indie title…

The game is simple and sweet. There isn’t a single gun to be found as you scale the favelas of a deserted city. Your character, Quico, is a 10-year-old boy who escapes to an imaginary world to avoid some nasty stuff. His companions are Lula, a flying robot toy that helps Quico solve puzzles and jump large gaps, and Monster.

via Can a Video Game Tackle Alcoholism Without Being Preachy?.


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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