Racketboy, a retrogaming blog, recently posted an article that details a 2 day workshop hold in New York. The special thing about this workshop is that the students learn how to program and design 8 bit games that can be used to disseminate important and helpful information to different communities. One of the games helps the player learn how Malaria is spread and what you, as the player, can do to help prevent the spread of malaria.
It was interesting to read the whole design process and how they used a $10 console to design these games. If you’re not as interested about the global impacts that games can have, this is still a worthwhile read. If you are interested, there are ways to get involved.
You can find the full article here
The Playpower Volunteer Network
Programming Guide: Getting started programming on the $10 computer
Watch Video Guides on Getting Started with NES Graphics & Programming
Read about the $10 Computer and Playpower’s Goals
How to Help: Technical and Non-Technical
Contribute to a Game-in-Progress
Watch the recorded video from the NYU Play Power Workshop Sessions