Playing 4 Keeps

[p4k] EVC students film P4K for Gaming Video 

The high school videos in the Educational Video Center's program came to Global Kids P4K last Fall to film us for their documentary Are You Game? We just received a copy in the mail and it looks great.

Read more about their program here and watch the excerpt that includes the P4K program below or download ithere.

[P4K] Games for Change Conference 

Global Kids will be running a teen panel including youth from both our P4K and VVP programs and we invite people to join us. Details are below!

Please join us for the 2007 4th Annual Games for Change Festival, taking place on June 11 - 12 at Parsons the New School for Design in NYC. Called "an early Sundance of video games" for "socially-minded game-makers" the festival will bring together leading non-profit organizations, game scholars, and industry experts to explore real world games with real-world impact. Participants include MoveOn, the MacArthur Foundation, MTV, and the UN, as well as artists and activists of all stripes. This new trend in gaming includes games about poverty, global warming, and Middle East peace. You'll get a chance to learn how these games are made during the daytime panels and presentations, and you can play and vote on the top games during the festival Expo Night, sponsored by Microsoft.

Please find the festival site here:

And press highlights here:

We hope to see you there!

[sl] Digital Refinery introduces McKniley students to jail demo 

The teen teen-run SL development company, Digital Refinery, gave the students in the McKinley program a tour of the Playing 4 Keeps game currently in production.

The McKinley students will now turn from the SL curriculum missions to the game process. But first let's look at a chart showing who has completed which missions:

[blog] Haitian Myspace page promotes Ayiti 

The MySpace blog by Haiti Nation makes mention of our program Playing for Keeps and our game Ayiti: The Cost of Life.

Read the post here.

[p4k] Combining the McKinley and P4k Students 

Yesterday the students in Brooklyn in the Playing 4 Keeps program met with the students in Washington, D.C. at McKinley High School. Using TSL and Skype, The P4K students shared their plans for the upcoming game with the McKinley students and together they brainstormed about how to take it into Second Life.


[p4k] Trip to the U.S. Holocaust Museum 

On this trip I learned about the past, like when Russians were treated badly and when people thought they was going to another country but they was being sent to die. I also learned that people's hair was shaved off to make carpets blankets. I learned that college students were burning books written by people from the past. Soliders put black bags on people head so they could get ready to die. I also learned about the "enemy of the state". I learned about kinds of ghettos. I learned a little bit about African Americans in WWII and learned what the Holocaust means (which is massive destruction). I also got to meet with D.C. kids and learn how they are involved in the museum. Some of the students give us a tour of the museum and told us what their thoughts were about it.

In conclusion, I learned that there is a lot of discrimination in the world.

[p4k] Trip to D.C. 

My visit to Washington, D.C.was exciting. Also when we got to the Holocaust museum we got to see what happened in the past. When we got there we met new people who liive in D.C. and we made new friends.

[p4k] Beginning work on the game 

Last week we discussed the school to prison pipeline. The school to prison pipeline is about kids who when they get in trouble they get closer to prison and further away from school. Last week we talked about illegal experiments on prisoners. We played a game about this. When we rolled a dice we move up spaces on the board and get a Consent card, which will ask for you to take part in a experiment. If you it will affect your health and if you disagree you will be forced or you can go on.

[p4k] Washington, D.C. 

The trip to Washington, D.C. was a lot of fun, meeting all the Washington kids.
When we went to the Holocaust Museum I felt bad when I saw how many Jews died.
One of cool thing about the trip to D.C. was the hotel - nice big rooms (but not that much to watch on tv but its all good).

[p4k] Getting closer to a topic 

This week we did work refining our topic for our game. Earlier we had unanimous agreement to do a game about racism. But what about racism?

We spent the last few weeks prototyping games, just to learn how to prototype. The students made a game about a slave trying to escape to freedom in the north. Another group of students made a scavenger hunt about civil rights leaders.

This week we discussed the differences between institutional racism and racial prejudice, and then looked at institutional racism in a variety of settings. After we voted on what institution to focus on we found we had an even split between the health care industry and education.

To learn about the former, we listen to recent NPR radio interview with Harriet A. Washington, who published Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To The Present. We heard about horrific events from the times of slavery through to prisons today.

To learn about the later, we learned about something referred to as the school-to-prison pipeline, in which many youth of color are set up not to graduate but to enter the juvenile justice system.