Indie GoGo – Choice: Texas
Increasingly, indie video games are tackling social issues. We’ve stated on this blog before that the interactivity of video games gives them immense power in conveying a message on a very personal level. So today, we tell you about an Indie GoGo project to fund a game about abortion access: Choice: Texas.
Choice: Texas is an educational interactive fiction game which will be freely available on the web. Players will explore the game through one of several characters, each of whom reflects specific socioeconomic, geographic, and demographic factors impacting abortion access in Texas. Although billed as interactive fiction, Choice: Texas is based on extensive research into healthcare access, legal restrictions, geography, and demographics, and is reflective of the real circumstances facing women in the state.
In Texas, Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis filibustered the latest Texas legislature that would limit abortion access, before ultimately failing to stop the bill when Governor Rick Perry signed it into law. The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks (often serious health conditions are discovered after 20 weeks), as well as limiting where abortions can be performed, where RU-486 can be dispensed, where it can be taken, and a number of other limitations.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to attain a safe and legal abortion in the US, and this game will attempt to make struggle very real by putting a face, a name, and an understandable and relatable situation to these abortions. Choice: Texas refuses to allow abortions to be performed on faceless women, it puts you in her shoes and forces you to live her reality. That’s powerful as hell.
Click here to see more about the project, and toss them a few bucks if you can!