Friday, August 03, 2007

It's No Fun Being An Illegal Alien, or is it?

Coming soon to a computer near you, "ICED!" a new video game that invites players to step into the shoes of foreigners who run afoul of the U.S. immigration system.
"The game allows you to get into the body of a person, so you can experience what they are going through. There are very few opportunities to get that perspective," said Mallika Dutt, head of the nonprofit Breakthrough, which produced the game and uses new media to highlight social issues around the world.
"ICED!" seeks to show how immigration laws passed in 1996 expanded the number of crimes that can trigger deportation and limited immigrants' rights to appeal.

Players try to avoid deportation by keeping a low profile and performing community service. Shoplifting or jumping a subway turnstile loses points. Lose too many, and your character ends up in a federal detention facility.

Perhaps they can later come out with a new game called "Sold Out", a game where you can be a U.S. Congressman that must talk out of both sides of his face all the while taking bribes and kickbacks to sell out his country.

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