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Parliament wants computer game to engage youth in democracy

Rebecca Thomson

Parliament is planning to design a computer game to try to engage young people in the political process.

It is looking for a computer games designer to work on the project and help get more young people interested in its work.

It has released a tender for a contract worth between £250,000 and £350,000 and is looking for between five and seven companies to invite to tender.

The tender document says it is 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 is a good one, but warned it would be crucial to pitch it correctly to avoid patronising the audience.

Daniel Lim, an animator in the games industry, said, "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 warned games that are free to play are often limited in budget, making the project a risk. "You are unlikely to attract the really great, talented games companies if it is not worth their while."


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