Calling video game makers to create new game on civics
WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Library of Congress wants to see a new game created that focuses on civics and incorporates some of its resources.
It has launched the Friends’ Choice Civics Video Game Challenge, which is inspired by the Oregon Trail computer game that a teacher developed in the 1970s.
According to a release, the challenge is part of an effort to improve public knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.
“The Oregon Trail game still inspires nostalgia. People wear t-shirts with its graphics, and it’s a reminder of how fun learning can be in the right context,” said Robert Brammer, chief of external relations at the Law Library of Congress, which proposed the video challenge. “We hope this challenge inspires game developers to create fun, lightweight video games in the spirit of Oregon Trail that improve public knowledge of civics and incorporate Library of Congress resources to educate and entertain today's students.”
The game was known for helping children learn about pioneer life in the 19th century during western expansion in the United States.
Winning entries, which will be announced next year, will receive $35,000 in cash prizes, with $20,000 going to the top game, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third.
The winning games will then be hosted on the Library of Congress’ website where they will be available for use by the public.
The winners will be honored in a public ceremony.
The deadline to enter this contest is Nov. 27.
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