Cops & Rubbers: A game promoting advocacy and empathy in support of public health and human rights of sex workers

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Abstract

Cops and Rubbers simulates the systemic consequences the police practice of using condoms as evidence of prostitution has on sex-workers' lives internationally. By embodying a marginalized sex worker met with unconscionable adversity, players experience the emotional struggle this population endures because of a policy that violates their health and human rights. This serious game serves as a captivating alternative advocacy tool and interactive demonstration of these policing practices that elicits heartfelt reactions and independent conclusions about the policy from average constituents to essential policymakers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiGRA 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 DiGRA International Conference: DeFragging Game Studies
PublisherDigital Games Research Association (DiGRA)
StatePublished - 2013
Event6th Bi-Annual Conference of the Digital Games Research Association, DiGRA 2013 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Aug 26 2013Aug 29 2013

Other

Other6th Bi-Annual Conference of the Digital Games Research Association, DiGRA 2013
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period8/26/138/29/13

Keywords

  • Advocacy games
  • Humanitarian games
  • Public health
  • Serious games
  • Social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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    Tran, L. (2013). Cops & Rubbers: A game promoting advocacy and empathy in support of public health and human rights of sex workers. In DiGRA 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 DiGRA International Conference: DeFragging Game Studies Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA).