Bullying is a big problem in America right now, and it’s not something that’s getting any better. Some kids aren’t exactly sure how to deal with this issue, so indie game developer Charlie Jackson (who also runs Critterverse) has developed a free web-based game to educate. He does a far better job of explaining it than I do, so here’s the info:
The Adventures of Rubberkid is a colorful, cute game for elementary school children. The aim of the game is to show the player the consequences of bullying. Each level focuses on helping a particular child (or children). Once helped, the player gets to see more info about them… The most important being “What Would Have Been” if the bullies continued and “But Since You Helped”, what they’ll do with their life. Each level focuses on a different type of bullying… One is bullied for having to use a wheelchair, for example, while two boys are bullied for possibly being “more than friends”; two cheerleaders are picked on, one for being “too fat” and the other for being “too skinny”, and so on! This clearly demonstrates the terrifying results of bullying! Don’t just take my word for it, though, the Kickstarter page even has a link to try it out!
Since the point of the game is to help conquer bullying, it’d be silly to charge people money to play it… So the game is entirely free! Instead of charging people to play it, it’s being funded with Kickstarter. The campaign has a low funding goal ($750) but some great stretch goals too: First the game would be translated into Spanish, then French… Then a “Cyberbullying Edition” would be made (aimed at teens), a children’s book and even a comic!
There you have it. If you feel like supporting this game be sure to check out the Kickstarter page. More than anything I feel it’s time to demonstrate the positive benefits of gaming, so that maybe people will quit looking at them in such a negative light.