Be ready for using a new invention. The EU is funding the development of a video game to help tackle racist, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has been awarded £22,000 (€246,785) in EU funding for the new research project, which academics say will “study the impact of using serious gaming technology in curbing prejudice-based bullying among children”.
The project will see development of a computer game aimed at children aged between 10 and 12 to challenge attitudes of “racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia or transphobia”. The game will help kids “explore their own prejudiced attitudes and how harmful these can be when they lead to bullying”. The game will be available in early 2019 for use on school PCs with a large-scale evaluation planned for late 2019 across four European countries.
A number of mainstream video games have taken steps in recent years to become more LGBT-inclusive. Overwatch, Football Manager and Planet Coaster are just some of the games that have recently made sure LGBT people are represented. We hope that it will help trans teens to avoid bullying at school.