Breakthrough's new Facebook game, America 2049, uses multimedia to explore race and migration in the U.S.
by Restore Fairness, Tue Apr 05, 2011 at 01:19:49 PM EDT
Breakthrough is pleased to present our ground-breaking new Facebook game, AMERICA 2049! (Twitter hashtag #america2049) The game has already been featured by TIME.com and Wired.com and this is just the beginning!
We invite you to play by becoming an agent, charged with the responsibility to protect the future of our country.
The game features appearances by Harold Perrineau (LOST), Victor Garber (Alias), Cherry Jones (24), Anthony Rapp (Rent) and Margaret Cho (Notorious C.H.O.), who generously donated their time and talents to help Breakthrough put a human face on complex social issues.
"America 2049" players are activated as agents for the Council on American Heritage headed by Jefferson Williams II (Garber), and tasked with the capture of alleged terrorist Ken Asaba (Perrineau).
Over 12 weeks, "America 2049" players will take on missions and face challenges based on human rights themes including immigration, race, sexual orientation, sex trafficking, religion, labor, national security and more.
Commenting on the concept of the game and his involvement, Perrineau said-
"'America 2049’ entertains and enlightens about the real-world issues of acceptance and tolerance. The project resonated with me because I love the idea of people fighting at all costs for their right to pursue the life they choose without fear of persecution. I hope that through playing ‘America 2049,’ young people in particular will be inspired to help stop institutionalized hatred and intolerance — today."
In 'America 2049,' players actively explore how the choices and challenges Americans now face will shape the future of the country, its democratic values and how America defines itself as a nation. The game challenges players to ask: how close are we already to America 2049-- and how can we work together, in real life, to build a better future?
Mallika Dutt, President and CEO of Breakthrough, added-
The game experience allows us to immerse ourselves in a future that could be — but also inspires us to envision, and recommit to, a real America built on pluralism, democracy, dignity, equality and human rights for all.
"America 2049" is the first Facebook game to integrate the social networking platform with many other resources, online and off: multimedia and interactive features, clues planted across the Internet and real-life events at leading cultural institutions nationwide, including members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
Watch the America 2049 trailer here:
Agent, if you can handle the mission, join us in game play and "like" the "America 2049" Facebook page to get the latest updates.
Share with friends and protect the future of this country! Play the game on Facebook here.
As TIME.com says-
[T]he timing may be right to click into the world of 2049 and absorb its messages. You might be moved into acting on or learning about an important cause. And that's okay, because your farm or vendetta can wait.
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