Parliament Wants Computer Game to Engage Youth in Democracy

Parliament has revealed plans to create a computer game designed to engage young people in the political process.

It is currently searching for a computer games designer who can work on the project and help to generate interest in politics amongst young people.

The contract is said to be worth between £250,000 and £350,000 and it is expected that between five to seven companies are expected to tender.

The document which outlines the parliamentary plans states that they are looking for the "design, development and delivery of a computer game that will engage and immerse young people in learning about democracy and the role of Parliament in scrutinising the government, representing the public and making laws."

Experts in the computer games industry said the idea could prove to be a powerful idea, but said it is crucial that parliament pitch it correctly to avoid patronising the audience.

An animator in the games industry, David Lim stated: "Voter apathy is a big problem in this country and if the game is not compelling, people simply will not play it. It needs proper funding, scheduling and a great team that know how to make games for it to be a success."

He said that because the proposed game would be free to play, this could risk the appeal to game designers who may consider getting involved. "You are unlikely to attract the really great, talented games companies if it is not worth their while."

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