Since video games influence the masses, part of the advocacy is to develop AIDS awareness and prevention.
That’s exactly what developer Warner Bros, in cooperation with the US government is soon launching a game to develop AIDS awareness. The game is called Pamoja Mtaani (Together in the Hood) and will launch soon in Kenya.
The “Pamoja Mtaani” game, developed by noted serious games developer, Virtual Heroes, Inc., follows five strangers who are brought together through unforeseen circumstances, losing what is most precious to each of them. Working their way through various East African neighborhoods, players must recover the stolen items and help an injured woman on their quest. Along the way, they will experience barriers and facilitators to behavior change through a variety of missions and mini-games.
The five person game, which can be played via LAN, also has music from Kenyan hip-hop artists. All of the characters are being introduced via trailers that the studio is producing.
“Pamoja Mtaani” is part of the Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation, a public-private partnership that’s part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Hats off to Warner Bros. We hope that other video game makers follow suit.