Medecins Sans Frontieres – also known as Doctors Without Borders – will hopefully be a familiar name to many of our readers, and some of you may even have donated to them via one of the annual Games Done Quick events like ourselves. For those unaware, MSF are a Nobel Peace Prize-winning organisation that has been providing medical aid to locations all across the world since 1971. From the European refugee crisis to the war-torn Afghanistan, MSF go where nobody else will to save lives. If you’ve ever wondered what that would be like, you might have a chance at finding out some time soon thanks to production company Mediadante and their recently launched IndieGoGo campaign.
Inspired by the… well, fairly inspiring work of Medecins Sans Frontieres, the game will give players a glimpse into the every day life of the MSF workers in a fictional world. What sets this war game apart is that you’ll be saving lives rather than taking them as you struggle with the real challenges that the MSF face in disaster aversion, resource management, and much more. The game looks set to offer a harrowing vision of these real life situations by including real footage of previous disasters, but ultimately seeks to be a hopeful reminder that everyone can make a difference. To that end, the game will feature an easy-to-use in-game donation button.
The game is currently set to come to iOS and Android platforms should the campaign be successful, and at $3,000 of its $50,000 goal, there’s still some way to go over the next month. We wouldn’t normally do this, but we here at Critical Gamer would like to wish MSF and Mediadante the best of luck with their campaign. If you’d like to help out, you can back the campaign at IndieGoGo.
Full press release follows:
Medecins San Frontieres (MSF) and Mediadante launch IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for a game that puts you on the frontlines
A Game with a Difference – “It’s No Game”
Today marks the launch of the IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for a new mobile game that promotes and supports the lifesaving work of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). The game will be developed under the guidance of the award-winning production company Mediadante. This mobile game will challenge players to experience the situations MSF staff face on the ground, make strategic gameplay decisions, figure out how to allocate limited resources, and avert disasters. Players will also gain real insight into what it takes to work on the frontline of humanitarian disasters. More details about the campaign and the game can be found at https://www.indiegogo.com/
Rosie Garthwaite, Executive Producer of Mediadante, producers of the award-winning film Escape from Isis and author of ‘How To Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone’ says:
“As citizens we are often oblivious to the hardships local people endure and the tireless efforts of MSF to ease their intolerable suffering. This game gives a chance to see the challenges MSF are up against, long after the cameras are gone.”
The MSF Game
Unlike most war games, the MSF game is centered on saving lives, not taking them. The game will be based on the real life and every-day experiences of MSF staff. Players will take on the roles of a MSF doctor, nurse, logistics expert or head of mission and make strategic decisions about the allocation of limited resources to save lives. Challenges include averting disaster in a wide range of crisis scenarios, from treating War wounded patients in a field hospital to providing safe passage to thousands of refugees crossing the Mediterranean.
Gaming for Good: Crowdsourcing money and ideas
This strategy game will also support the dangerous and critical work of MSF around the world.
The MSF Game will enable players to make direct donations to MSF via an easy-to-use in-game donation button. Supporters can also work together to help MSF with some of the challenges they face on the ground, via a unique online forum developed by Anew Mission. This ground breaking new forum will also invite gamers and supporters to help co-create the concept and storyboard of the game.
In addition to supporting the funding of the game, the IndieGoGo campaign also invites world citizens to actually collaborate on the game’s development and contribute creative ideas!
Fabio Basone, Video and Multimedia Management at MSF says:
“We at MSF are always on the lookout for new ways to engage people about our work and this mobile game gives us a fantastic opportunity to reach new supporters and give them an insight into the challenges and critical decisions we face on the ground.”