Bias Breaker

Biased Breaker is an RPG-style game designed to teach kids age 10 and up about dealing with stereotypes. The user can choose from three characters--Amira, an asexual Muslim girl, Elliot, a black transgender girl, and Jax, a genderqueer Hispanic person with vitiligo. After choosing a character the user begins playing by shooting green blobs (the enemy) with bullets. Each enemy is accompanied by a stereotype found in mainstream media. If the user is hit by the enemy, the character loses health. If the bullet hits the enemy, the enemy and stereotype disappear, and the user gains points. By physically destroying stereotypes, the user learns to challenge stereotypes. However, by losing health, the user also learns how internalizing stereotypes is harmful.

"The best part of this project was creating characters for this game. Because we focused on creating characters from groups underrepresented in media, it was exciting to see these characters come to life in our game."
— Shazmin

Organization: Girls Who Code
Student: Shazmin Mahmud
Project Team Members: Jaymi Pena, Shazmin Mahmud
Type of Work: App
Location: NYC - Microsoft (SIP 2)
Grade: 12th Grade
Year Created: 2015

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