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Msu Programmers Develop Land Mine Avoidance Game


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Michigan State University (MSU) instructors and students are fine-tuning a computer video game designed to help unsuspecting children avoid land mines and other explosives in the Cambodian jungle.

The Golden West Humanitarian Foundation approached MSU with the idea two years because it thought computer games would be an effective way to educate children about the dangers of unexploded ordnances (UXOs). The game has a pet accompany the player on a trek for food through a series of Cambodian landscapes, but the individual also will see UXOs, with warnings such as bright red lights emblazoned with a skull and cautionary words, that must be avoided. The game is a capstone project for students in MSU's game design and development specialization.

Golden West plans to test the game on Cambodian children in April. The game will be compatible with One Laptop Per Child computers, and Golden West will be able to tweak game landscapes for distribution in other countries.

From The State News
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