Monday, January 2, 2006
"Last April, the United Nations World Food Program introduced a computer video game that it hoped would teach children something about global hunger. Food Force quietly made its debut at a children's book fair in Bologna, Italy. To the organization's shock, it soon had so many hits that the Web site kept crashing, and it has become the most unlikely of cult sensations.
No one shoots anyone in Food Force. Rebels are negotiated with, not blown away, and the women are sensibly dressed aid professionals - although one character does greatly resemble Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. Yet Food Force has quickly become the second most downloaded free Internet game, after the Army's recruiting tool, America's Army." By Tina Rosenberg, New York Times Link to Article (last visted 1-1-06 NVS)