How many times have you seen someone you know spend hours, cumulatively speaking, playing one of those irritating in-app purchase games? My wife plays a few of them and I always find new charges I wasn’t expecting. It drives me up a wall that these purchases are so small and easy to make because you just make them on an impulse. These games truly are the kings of capitalism in the game world. But what if that kind of energy could be harnessed and channeled into something better, something worth getting behind. What if you could use one of those games to help children in Africa get food, clothing, shelter and maybe even a uniform so they can get to school? If this indiegogo campaign is successful, you can do just that, all while spending your time playing games.
Third world future has an ambitious goal: to make the first game that directly benefits charity organizations. Just as other game designers are trying to use games as a tool to educate children, TWF’s dream is to use gaming to help people in third world countries. Do you like Clash of Clans? How about Farmville? Third World Future will feature a number of elements similar to these games whereby you manage your own African village. This strategy game will leave players with the ability to make In-App purchases. 60% of the proceeds from their game will be contributed randomly to charitable organizations. This is just casual gaming, too. There is a speech on TED Talks where Jane McGonigal talks about how we can use games and encourage gamers to solve real-world problems. That video brought a few tears to my eyes. I feel like this is a chance to accomplish the next step for gaming.
Their method for deciding who to fund comes from the people that provided the money in the first place: the players. Every quarter for 2 weeks, a vote will open up to the game’s discussion board. Every quarter five non-profit organizations will be selected from the region receiving the benefit. Players can then choose which of the five organizations they want the funds to go to. Whichever of the benefits wins will receive the lion’s share of the funding and in-game advertisement with the rest of them receiving smaller amounts and some in-game advertisement. So, if you have a few extra bucks in your pocket that you can throw at a good cause, visit the Indie Go Go campaign site for Third World Future as soon as it launches on July 14th and give what you can. Every little bit helps, dammit, 1$ in America and we’re trying to save the fucking world!
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