Voices of Change: Bias Breaker – Gaming Style

Never let it be said that our youth are not innovative or wise. Two young ladies, New York high school students who participated in the Girls Who Code program, created a role-playing game (RPG) that challenges sexist, racist and anti-lgbtq stereotypes that are still so prevalent in media and pockets of society. The appropriately named it, Bias Breaker.

How does it work? When players begin the game, they can choose from three diverse characters:

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These students, Shazim and Jaymi, are using their RPG platform to literally blast away commonly-held stereotypes such as, “all Asians are good at math” or “bisexuals are confused.” Players can choose their character and shoot the bad guys, represented as green blobs labeled with stereotypes. According to BuzzFeed News, Shazim said, “We thought it would be funny if we took ‘breaking stereotypes’ in a literal sense.”

Kudos, ladies! Keep breaking those stereotypes and showing this world that we are so much more than the boxes and labels that others wish to place on us.

This story was brought to our attention via BuzzFeed News. You can find the original story here.