Sunday, January 21, 2007

I wish we knew ...

On the second page this article mentioned playing a video game through the eyes of a person in Haiti. Whenever the topic of immigration arises, in my opinion, people can be so quick to judge. I always envisioned America as a melting pot of many different people, speaking many languages, and living by their own traditions and cultures, yet in today's world, my vision is not reality. We live in a country where many problems other countries face, we will never know, and never have to deal with firsthand (thankfully, but it saddens me that others know such problems all too well). The video game idea is a brilliant idea, but how many people will actually buy it, and want to play it? Or, will it just be considered a joke? It reminds me of the Oregon Trail game, only more serious. I used to play that and only play for fun, and to see a bit of what the trail might be like. The game about Haiti sounds much more harsh and real, but it is still virtual. I wish I could know other people's pains, since I will admit I take for granted how good I have it in the United States. The class so far has made me think a lot about what asylum seekers go through on a daily basis, and has made me re-evaluate my ideas about immigration, and my opinions about life in other countries. Not only do we as students live in a bubble, but we are also shielded sometimes from what other people, just like us, are going through. On that note, this video game is a good step in the right direction for awareness, and hopefully such ideas will continue and create a positive effect.

1 comment:

Snipe said...

Well, the primary meaning for videogames is the enternainment. As long as they entertain, they can be used to teach people about their reality. Let's hope that the games are good enough to be amusing, and their message is clear enough and doesn't interfere with that objective.