UCF Creating Anti-Sex Video Game - The UpStream

UCF Creating Anti-Sex Video Game

posted Sunday Aug 1, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

UCF Creating Anti-Sex Video Game

The University of Central Florida is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a rather interesting and strange project. $434,000 to be exact, to create a video game about real life situations with full-size avatars. The purpose? To teach pre-teen girls how to resist peer pressure when it comes to sex.

They have an opportunity to interact with the avatars and they'll earn points for particular social skills that they develop.

What is this all about? More after the break.

UCF Computer Science professor said, "what's radically different about this one, one person controls many characters by jumping into the skin."

UCF's Professor Anne Norris is heading up a team in the college's institute for simulation and training to create this game which will use simulation and digital puppetry, pretty simple technology.

"A boy similar in age might approach the person playing the game and ask her to make out or there might be some sexual innuendo," said Norris. ""It's a place to practice where there aren't any social consequences."

The game is supposed to be released by the spring of 2011. No word on platforms of developers to assist with the launch, but we did learn that UCF students will be the test subjects for the game. Even more crazy is the fact that you will have to wear a full motion-capture suit to really put you in the skin of that pre-teen girl in those situations.


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