U.N. releases ‘serious game.’

Hoping to educate children on ways to mitigate the effects of natural disaster, The United Nations has released a Stop Disasters!, a free, online game.

A press release from the U.N.’s International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) describes the game and its purpose:

Children are one of the most vulnerable groups when disasters occur. If we teach them from the early age about the risks posed by natural hazards, children will have a better chance to save their lives during disasters.

…Children will learn playing how the location and the construction materials of houses can make a difference when disasters strike and how early warning systems, evacuation plans and education can save lives…

Gamasutra reports British developer Playerthree designed the game, which addresses events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and wildfires. Although Stop Disasters! is only available online and in English at this time, the U.N. plans to eventually create a DVD in multiple languages for children in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Source: GamePolitics.com

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