A Room Full Of Humans Got A Taste Of The Real World, And Most Of Them Got Offended And Had To Leave

A pitchman snuck into a gaming conference to announce a new "game" that his company "invented" called Elika's Escape.

People could not wait to hear about it, so they filled the room.

OK, the game is completely wack, for real, w-a-c-k.

Let's see that again:



First-person shooters. Survival horror. Wartime. Post-apocalyptic. Honestly, that's not that far out for a video game premise. Except:

You play a 7-year-old girl from south Sudan...

...whose parents have just died.

Evil militants just killed your older brother...

...who used to protect you.

OK. That just got real.

You make it to a refugee camp.

Yay?

Your health meter is very low.

You've got to decide if you want to become a prostitute to buy food for your younger brother.

The audience reacts.

This game is horrifying. But it's not just a game.

In south Sudan, this video game is real life for many young children. DAILY.

"This is the first opportunity to play children suffering in extreme wartime situations, fighting hunger, and it's up to you to have them survive. And the game starts with her mother dying of cholera. And in this first shot, your older brother dies trying to defend you.

Meanwhile, Elika herself, you, escape away, and a bullet grazes your infant baby brother. We are taking the level of horror in this game even to infants. Are you guys with me?

You finally make it to a refugee camp as you can see right here. There is no food, overflowing sewage. There is the stench of diarrhea. Finally, you have the most difficult choice as you can see your hunger, hydration, and health meters getting lower. And that is whether you are going to submit to prostitution to get the money that you need to feed your younger brother.

Do you make that choice?"





It's time to turn this game OFF.

The simplest way to help is just by raising awareness ... by watching and sharing this video.

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Army Capt. Justin Meredith used the Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program to read to his son and family while deployed in the Middle East.

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One of the biggest challenges deployed service members face is the feeling of being separated from their families, especially when they have children. It's also very stressful for children to be away from parents who are deployed for long periods of time.

For the past four years, the USO has brought deployed service members and their families closer through a wonderful program that allows them to read together. The Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program gives deployed service members the ability to choose a book, read it on camera, then send both the recording and book to their child.

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Cayce LaCorte explains why virginity doesn't exist.

The concept of virginity is a very loaded issue in American culture. If a woman loses hers when she's too young she can be slut-shamed. If a man remains a virgin for too long, he can be bullied for not being manly enough.

There is also a whole slew of religious mind games associated with virginity that can give people some serious psychological problems associated with sex.

Losing one's virginity has also been blown up way beyond proportion. It's often believed that it's a magical experience—it's usually not. Or that after having sex for the first time people can really start to enjoy living life—not the case.

What if we just dropped all of the stigmas surrounding virginity and instead, replaced them with healthy attitudes toward sex and relationships?

Writer Cayce LaCorte is going viral on TikTok for the simple way she's taught her five daughters to think about virginity. They don't have to. LaCorte shared her parenting ideas on TikTok in response to mom-influencer Nevada Shareef's question: "Name something about the way you raised your kids that people think is weird but you think is healthy."

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This article originally appeared on 08.15.18.


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