Code of Everland – UK Government MMOG
A friend of mine on Facebook told me about Code of Everand, a new massively multiplayer online game developed by the UK government’s Department for Transport (DfT) designed to help children, aged between 9 and 13, gain essential skills for staying safe on the roads. Finally, the government safety MMO we’ve all been waiting for!
I haven’t played it yet but Code of Everand looks pretty interesting (well, if you’re a kid or have particular problems in crossing roads… and no, jaywalking isn’t illegal in the UK which explains why something like this is necessary). It’s a Flash based browser game and is totally free to play. Much like any traditional MMORPG, your character accrues exp, levels up, embarks on quests, and uses their powers to safety cross the “Spirit Channels”. OK, not quite like your normal MMO then, but heck, at least it’s teaching children something.
OK, I’ll admit it, I’m impressed. Not only has the UK government actually done something innovative but they’ve commissioned a project which might actually appeal to children and help get their point across. Plus it just goes to show how mainstream MMOs are becoming these days. Top it all off with what looks like an actually very comprehensive and full-fledged game and you’ve got a product that’s made me look at the Department for Transport (DfT) in a whole new light. And here I was, cursing their name on a daily basis.
So anyway, I’m going to go register for Code of Everand and check it out properly.
Of course, I can’t help but think that the whole issue of road safety could just as easily be sorted by criminalising jaywalking in the UK like in the US. Yeah, I know all about it in the States… I’ve seen the movies.
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