The Red Cross has been an international symbol for peace and health for many years. But now the British Red Cross has extended its vision to a new horizon: The Internet.
Recently the Red Cross has put together a number of online and downloadable games to keep the public interested and informed about what they do. Recently they've reached out to a younger generation through their efforts. You can find a list of their games here.
Red Cross The Game was put together by some of the best known online gaming companies including PlayFirst, BigFish and NewGrounds. Its supposed to teach users more about how the Red Cross works. It has a number of scenarios online, or you can buy and download the full version.
The latest Red Cross game, however, is getting quite a bit of press. It is an Alternate Reality Game (ARG). The game is called Traces of Hope and is supposed to simulate the experiences of someone in a war-torn county. The game is called "Alternate Reality" because it blurs the line between what is real and what is just part of the game. For example, when you register for the game you have to wait for the main character, Joseph, to contact you and let you know his situation. Then you will use clues you find on the web to help him progress back to his family and safety.
There are a number of other games you can play also, but the most sensational seems to be the current ARG. Its a powerful way to get people emotionally involved with a concept. ARGs are not easy to create but seem to be wildly successful with enough press surround them. Of course its always nice to see these efforts in charity.
Have you played any of the Red Cross games? Do they sound interesting to you?