As recent events in the game industry, as well as in professional sports and international affairs have shown, gender-based violence and bullying are deep-seated issues. But can games offer a solution to bring about significant change? BREAKAWAY, a game funded by the United Nations Population Fund and produced by students at Champlain College, proves that they can. Four years after the game's global release, project director and professor Ann DeMarle discusses the results of a research study, and explains how the game's unique narrative methodology (reinforced by its tactical gameplay system) was key to its success.
Takeaway: Learn how games can be successful in addressing profound social issues by examining a case study in action. BREAKAWAY is a game funded by the UN and created by college students, which effectively combined narrative goals with reinforcing game mechanics to change how young men and women view gender-based violence.