First computer game for young people on HIV and AIDS Fast Car: Travelling safely around the world
On the occasion of International AIDS Day on 1st December 2010, UNESCO is launching the first interactive multimedia tool on HIV and AIDS prevention for youth that will be available in English, French and Russian.
The computer game “Fast Car: Travelling safely around the world” aims to provide young people with accurate and reliable information about HIV prevention, intending to educate and entertain as well as promoting healthy behavior.
The target audience for the game is young people from 16 to 24 years or older. Teenagers often want to talk to their parents about HIV-related issues, but may find it difficult to do so. Children may worry about parents’ disapproval and have fears about the risk of becoming infected with HIV. Parents are often shy, lack accurate information about HIV and AIDS, or do not have sufficient skills to speak about prevention with their children, and teachers frequently assume that parents will talk with children at home.
The computer game “Fast Car: Travelling safely around the world” is a game that provides information on existing preventive practices, treatment and care for HIV and AIDS. In this game, the player can race on circuits on five different continents, and virtually visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. It also presents images of sites and interesting facts about them as players’ race by.
There are two tracks for each continent - a Preliminary track and a Championship track. Every track has a set of check points. At the check point, one can take part in a Mini-Quiz, and possibly earn a time bonus. In the mini-quiz, the player will be asked a multiple-choice question related to HIV and AIDS prevention.
This multidisciplinary project was implemented in close cooperation with the Sector of Information and Communication of UNESCO, UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, the Culture, Social and Human, and Science sectors, as well as with the Education Sectors and the Gender Unit of UNESCO. Local researchers and experts contributed content on HIV and AIDS issues from Path Ukraine (Ukraine), the Institution of Social Development (Viet Nam) and Heidelberg University, Department of Virology (Germany), working together to ensure its scientific accuracy. Lakshya Digital Pvt. Ltd. (India) helped UNESCO to develop the game concept and realize it technically.
UNESCO has begun developing a second interactive multimedia tool/computer game on HIV and AIDS.
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