My Fox Orlando reported today that the University of Central Florida has been given $434,000 to develop a game simulating social experiences for pre-teen girls in an effort to teach them abstinence. At UCF's Institute for Simulation and Training, students led by Professor Anne Norris are creating a full body simulation experience that puts players in the shoes of multiple characters who earn points for fending off peer pressure and abstaining from succumbing to the whiles of charming virtual boys.
Players don a full body motion capture suit to play the game, and once playing, will be approached by a young male "of similar age" and asked to "make out" or approached with some other "sexual innuendo". And all of this should be available for... some girls, somewhere in spring of 2011.
This was one of those news stories that, when I read it, was so torn between being angry and fascinated that I just knew I had to share it. Truly, this is one of the most unpredictable uses for video games. And not only that, but it's being funded by our federal government. WHAT? Just incredible. Just... incredible.
Check out the Fox News report below for the whole shtick and some nifty footage of the motion capture suit.