Channel 4 are commissioning a wide selection of new and educational projects that they will be showing in the up and coming year. Here’s a brief rundown in what’s in store from Channel 4.
Privates which will be a new online game which looks at teenage pregnancyin Europe and the rising levels of sexually transmitted infections. Privates will be a sex education game, which is aimed at post pubescent boys and is designed to educate young teens about contraception, STIs and contraception. Although Privates will be funny, rude and maybe slightly embarassing, it will be an eye opener and be factually accurate. Privates will be a PC download title, which has been developed by Zombie Cow. Privates will be available to download, completely free on the Channel 4 and E4 websites and will also feature on Xbox Live Indie Games Channel and launches March 2010.
Blurble will be a new widget designed to get teenagers talking about books and reading, it is the second commission for Rupert Redington and Harry Harrold of Neon Tribe, makers of Alter Ego and Dictum. They are hoping that this third widget in the series will be playful, a game like experience designed to bag, tag and share tips on teens favourite books. Blurble will feature first on Facebook, with further spaces to come later. Blurble will launch in Summer 2010.
Cover Girl will be a browser based game looking at how the way images and adverts in magazines can be manipulated giving a false impression of what girls and women should look like today. With ongoing pressure for girls and women to feel like they should be waif like and not curvy, players are given the opportunity to airbrush wrinkles, add or remove cellulite, shade ribs, abds, pecs, noses and otherwise pretify or uglify the model to fit the magazine’s story of the week. Players will learn this with hands on Cover Girl. This game will be launched in April 2010.