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Award winning, nonpartisan flash game that educates people about the national debt by challenging players to pay it off.

PURPOSE:
America is $62 trillion in debt, and that has huge consequence for future generations.

While most young Americans are not thinking about debt on a regular basis, they do play video games—a lot.

So we're making a video game called “U.O.Me.” that will challenge players to Uncle Sam their share of the national debt.

GOALS:
Our main goal is to educate players about the public policy tradeoffs required to payoff the debt and think critically about the problem.

To play, players enter different buildings in a virtual town where they can make decisions that cut the debt. i.e. They make policy decisions—like raising the retirement age for Social Security—in a government building or personal decisions—like opening a savings account—in a bank. Each decision reduces debt by an amount equivalent to the real-world value of the choice.

But we also want to spark political dialogue across both sides of the aisle to build political will for resolving America’s debt problem. To do that, the game will integrate with Facebook so players can share their policy decisions with friends to find out if others agree.

IMPACT:
By the time the game is over, players will understand what a huge challenge reducing their personal share of the national debt really is.

Not only will they have had fun, they’ll also have a framework for understanding the debt problem to keep learning more about it. (And we’re going to be in debt for a while, so this knowledge will go a long way…)

AN AWARD WINNING IDEA:
We've entered this concept in two national contests and won both!
- 1st Place for best game concept at the 2010 International Games for Change Festival
- 2nd Place start-up grant at the Mobilize.org Millenial Return on Investment national conference

PLAN:
We've been hard at work trying to bring this game to life. We recently won some start-up capital in a national contest that funded our trailer and a requirements document for the programming specifications, but it’s not enough to actually make the game.
We'll be using your gifts to help us pay for the actual programming, so we can begin development to have a real game to put online.

Thanks for your gift to make our dream a reality!
Eric and Nicola

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