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Equality is a very important part of games as well as just life in general. We found that video games can sometimes be very white and not have very much representation of many different people. Many video games especially adventure games and shooter games are very geared towards males and females are rarely represented outside of being supporting characters. Many older games could be edited to make you have an option to play as any gender and have a lot of character customization in order to make a more immersive experience for the player. That way the main protagonist could be any gender or race and the player would really feel like the main character. Unfortunately people who have disabilities are very excluded from gaming. Playing games is very hard when you can’t see or hear what you are doing. However there are things you can do to cater to those players so they can also enjoy games. Games that are based on sound and including labels when it is required to see colors can be a big help to blind and colorblind people. Having sound to visual effects like the ones seen in the incredibly popular Fortnite can help deaf players navigate around. Some games especially older ones can include some offensive things such as stereotyping extreme violence and racism. It is important to eliminate those features from the equation in order to make games friendly for everyone. All in all it is very important to include equal amounts of representation from all races and genders. This creates a more immersive experience for the player and it puts your game in a very positive light. Inclusive people are more creative people!
Since the game is very open and not very easy to understand at first glance it may seem challenging. The following is a guide with instructions to help you on your adventure. w,a,s, and d keys are to move forward, left, down, and right. Shift will make your character crouch and double tapping the W key and holding down will cause you to sprint. Left clicking destroys a block while right clicking places one. To open up your inventory is e and to open settings is escape. Depending on whether you have an external mouse or not, the scroll wheel is to change inventory slots and without one it is the number keys to access different slots in your inventory. We have a few different minigames that all are fairly straightforward. Hints for the quiz one can be found across the map but otherwise they are just straight teamwork and mastery of the controls. Remember to poke around after completing all the minigames and memorising the signs for a fun surprise!
In conclusion we hope that you enjoyed and were able to complete our game. All our levels are possible to be completed by a solo player but it is much better with two or more people. It was fun making this project and I hope you have just as much fun playing it. Diversity and building a better world is very important and adding educational gaming is a great and fun idea.
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Will Turnage has spent the past 20 years helping big companies and small startups design and create digital products. He currently leads technology at I&CO in Brooklyn, NY, and prior to that he worked at places like R/GA NY and Sony Music. Outside of work, he's an Advisor to several startups, has served as a mentor for Techstars and AFSE and has launched a line of mobile cooking apps.
Sarah Judd is the Curriculum Manager for Open Learning at AI4ALL. Sarah has been a Computer Science teacher in classrooms ranging from 2nd-10th grade, a curriculum developer at Google CS First and Girls Who Code, and volunteered in after-school programs including Bootstrap and FIRST robotics. They have also worked as a web engineer, and holds a BS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Shaneequa is a mission-driven marketer, and lover of all things content, with a passion for supporting communities of color. She has dedicated her career to working with education-based organizations and teams that provide students and educators with the tools and resources they need to thrive. Her career journey has led to her current role as a Digital Marketing Manager with the Education Modernization Team at Facebook, where she leads marketing efforts across programs dedicated to increasing access to STEM and computer science programming.