Mexican-American student designs video game putting players in migrants’ shoes. Thoughts?

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WhyTrumpWhyTrump 164 PtsPremium Member
The game, called "Borders," challenges players to cross rivers and deserts in a bid to make it to the United States.

“Trump definitely made me kind of stand up and put my voice out there,” Alvarez said, adding that he tried to find a way to help people understand the unimaginable dangers migrants are willing to face to find a better life north of the border.

“My goal is to move people to look at immigration differently,” he said. “I just hope people become more sympathetic.”

  1. Thoughts?

    11 votes
    1. Great Entertainment
    2. Horrible Idea
WhyTrump - a good question

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  • WhyTrumpWhyTrump 164 PtsPremium Member
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    It is great to see this kid creating a game like this.  Hopefully that will change public perception
    WhyTrump - a good question
  • Good idea, great entertainment.
  • ale5ale5 147 PtsPremium Member
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    I think that is highly entrepreneural to take advanatge of current controversy for this student to create the game.  Instant marketing .
    It's kind of fun to do the impossible
    - Walt Disney
  • agsragsr 601 PtsPremium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
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    I think that the premis of the game is based in illigal immigration and therefore enters the same category of other video games that are based in similar illigal acts - get points for killing someone, killing a prostitue, hi jacking a car, etc.
    I give credit to the kid who took advantage of timing to get publicity.  
    That said, I don't endorse illigal immigration or promotimg it in any way.
    Live Long and Prosper
  • That's great, this way average citizens can see what it's like to be an illegal immigrant.
  • ale5ale5 147 PtsPremium Member
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    @keuzle , I agree. Even if not everyone agrees with the illegal immigration policies, it must have been hell for illegal immigrants to make bold risks to come here and that needs to be acknowledged.
    It's kind of fun to do the impossible
    - Walt Disney
  • CYDdhartaCYDdharta 345 PtsPremium Member
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    I agree with @agsr.  A game like this showing people what its like trying to get here illegally is like Saint's Rows showing with its like to be a gang member. 
  • VaulkVaulk 270 Pts
    I don't see this being successful in anyway unless they put entertainment value in it.  Playing an immigrant realistically would hold the attention of the average kid for about 5 minutes before they got bored and decided to sell the game back to whatever store they bought it at.  Likewise I don't think a game about being in the shoes of a rich wallstreet business executive would be a best seller either.
    "If there's no such thing as a stupid question then what kind of questions do stupid people ask"?

    "There's going to be a special place in Hell for people who spread lies through the veil of logical fallacies disguised as rational argument".

    "Oh, you don't like my sarcasm?  Well I don't much appreciate your stupid".

  • I agree with @Vaulk . I don't see this becoming the next big thing. It could become slightly successfully but I don't believe that it will really take off too much.
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