This game is by no means fun. However, it drew my attention when looking at the list of new games on addictinggames.com. In my marketing class last semester we studied the Meth Project and its marketing efforts in great detail. So, my attraction to this game may be due to my familiarity with the company and its efforts to spread awareness of meth use across the US.
Mugshot match-up takes a new stance on the classic memory game. Rather than starting with all cards face down, meth match-up presents two columns. In the first, a card is turned up with a person’s face on it. To the right is another column featuring a group of 11 cards. Each card in the group holds a face of a meth user. The goal is to match the card on the left with the same face after the person uses meth (one of the cards on the right). There is no limit on the number of guesses allowed and once you match each card, you are asked to guess how long the transformation took. The game ends once each person has been matched with his or her meth picture.
The images are extremely graphic and are clearly trying to prove a point. In this quick game, the more severe the graphics become, the better the message gets across. With such intense images, the Meth Project can get straight to the fear tactics used to scare people out of meth-use. Without intense visuals, the message may lessen in severity and fail to prove its point to the audience. The game play is simple; all the player has to do is click on the picture that matches the non-drug user shown before them. Because of its simplicity, the player gets a thorough understanding of the game’s point.
I think this is an interesting game to discuss in the blog. We have yet to include a game that was made for education. The game itself is simply a medium through which a much larger message can be relayed to an audience. Entertainment is not a part of the game whatsoever. In mugshot match-up, the goal is to show people what happens when they become addicted to methamphetamines. It is not meant to be addicting or fun on any level. I think the Meth Project does a great job promoting anti-drug messages and this game seems to be just another way for them to reach a wider audience and get their point across.
Do you guys think this works? Can video games like this make a difference and prevent drug use in the future?
Here’s a link to try the game…