A game that fights for actual social justice

The Real Baku Games

The 1st European Games are currently being held in Baku, Azerbaijan. They’re sort of like the Olympics on a smaller scale, but not that much smaller. For Azerbaijan, a country that’s big on wealth, but is not necessarily a big name on the world stage, the opportunity to host the games could mean everything to their future presence on global scale. They probably don’t want to be known as The Godfather of Europe” anymore. 

Human Rights organization FIDH is working to use the country’s current place in the spotlight to gather support the “journalists, activists, lawyers, and others [who] are being arbitrarily detained by the Azerbaijan government for being critical”. FIDH enlisted the help of Pippin Barr, creator of Let’s Play: The Shining, to help spread awareness of the situation with a free flash game called Real Baku 2015

Issues like this make a lot of the things we gamers often argue over look petty in comparison. It would be great to see some high profile names in the game community take on this issue. Pewdiepie is from Europe, isn’t he? 

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes