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University of Central Florida developing abstinence game

2:42 AM on 07.30.2010 // Conrad Zimmerman
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It's a little weird to write a story that contains the terms, "Fox News," "videogame" and "sex" yet isn't actually negative. Well, not in the traditional sense, anyway.

Fox News Orlando reports that the University of Central Florida is hard at work developing a videogame geared towards female middle school students intended to teach them skills for handling peer pressure relating to sex. The game places them in social situations and they make choices and score points for demonstrating appropriate responses to offers of sexual activity and innuendo from onscreen avatars.

Now, the ridiculous part. The game uses a full motion-capture suit. They're going to put kids in motion-capture suits and have them act out rejecting male students. I'll grant you, it's a skill that all girls benefit from having, but is the suit really necessary? Not to mention it looks creepy as hell and is costing taxpayers $434,000.

I'm completely in favor of games being used as educational tools but this is just way too much. For that money, you could hire at least ten entry-level teachers and thin out some class sizes in low-income communities which would probably be just as effective in reducing teen pregnancies.

Hit the jump and you can see video of the game in action. If you think the above screen capture is terrifying, you really need to check this out.

UCF developing virtual game about sex, peer pressure [MyFoxOrlando via Boondocks Bootleg]




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