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Serious games have been used for several decades in a wide range of training and educational contexts, from healthcare and flight simulation to improving numeracy and literacy. More recently, there has been a rise in the use of prosocial or advocacy games. These games go beyond merely teaching information or skills, to changing users’ attitudes and behaviour. This is achieved through a number of strategies, including imaginative empathy (putting yourself in someone else’s shoes), revealing the consequences of certain behaviours, and appeals for solidarity or active bystanding.

GenTOPIA is a digital game for young people based on realistic scenarios

It involves a series of interactive activities which address gender stereotypes, consent, digital safety, street harassment, coercive control, non-consensual image sharing, and homophobic bullying. The resource is designed for teachers who deliver subjects relating to issues of personal development, digital safety, gender equality and relationships and sexuality education.

Working with a range of interactive multimedia tools, teachers can help their students to tackle the prejudices which facilitate inequality, discrimination and abuse, thus promoting equality and inclusivity, and empowering students to live full and equal lives.

The key objectives of the game are to

Increase students’ awareness of gender inequality, stereotypes and discrimination.

Enable students to reflect on and discuss consent, digital safety and digital ethics.

Debunk myths, tackle prejudice, and provide positive role models.

Foster healthy relationships by tackling gender-based and sexual abuse and harassment.

Credits

Game credits

Game development: Atenea Projects Lda.

Game concept: GeGame project team and Atenea

Projects Lda.

Game script: Debbie Ging

Mini games and activities: Derek Laffan and Debbie Ging

Multimedia Handbook content: Debbie Ging

Music: Creative Commons

Voiceovers

Alex: Anon

Alex’s father: Matthew Cullen

Alex’s mother: Anon

Jasmin: Baroness Toah

Jon: Jack Winterlich

Jude: Victor McClean

Kayla: Amelie O’Connor 

Lia: Deksha Shankar

 

 

Lucas: Matthew Cullen

Marc: Gabe O’Connor

Mia: Debbie Ging

Noah: Ronan Sugrue

Tanya: Beth O’Brien

Teacher: Victor McClean

Zoe: Sally Sumola