America 2049: Facebook’s New Reality Game

Now hiring secret agents. Facebook’s new reality game, America 2049 is brought to you by breakthrough.tv, a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture, and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality, and justice. The creative geniuses behind this Facebook game have gone all out. Not only can you sign up to be a secret agent in the game on Facebook, but you get clues from real life news, as well as by surfing the Internet.

America 2049, the future is here. With First Amendment rights in jeopardy, the game makes the US look a lot like present day Libya. The global human rights organization, Breakthrough, describes the games as “You, the player, are an agent of the Council on American Heritage. Tasked with the capture of a presumed terrorist, you are sent into high-risk situations that challenge you to ask: What if? How close have we already come to America 2049? How can we work together–in real life–to build a better future?”

The Council on American Heritage (part of the game) has a real website. It’s cleverly done, with humorous quips, like the contact page which states, “Don’t try to contact us. We’ll find you….” According to an article by Eric Mack, Crave, “a familiar cast of actors volunteered their time for the project, adding a little Hollywood splash.” Breakthrough says this about the America 2049 game “The game features appearances by Harold Perrineau (LOST), Victor Garber (Alias), Cherry Jones (24), Anthony Rapp (Rent), and Margaret Cho (Notorious C.H.O.), who generously donated their time to help put a face on complex issues. America 2049 was conceived and produced by Breakthrough (breakthrough.tv), a global human rights organization that uses the power of pop culture to advance equality, dignity, and justice.”

Who is Breakthrough? According to their website, Breakthrough is a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture, and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality, and justice. They involved in causes like sexuality and HIV, preventing violence against women, race and immigration rights, human rights, religion freedom and peace.

Facebook games are very popular. Reality games are very popular. Merge the two and it should be a total winning combination. I still have friends addicted to online gaming. They have whole fantasy worlds where they build mansions, do missions, and chat with other players. Facebook has more than 500 million users, and 50% of those users log in every day. With public awareness, this game may have a significant impact on some social issues.

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