'Warrior Woman' from 'Earth's Sister Planet' Video Game Gets $100K Tax Dollars
(CNSNews.com) - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a grant of $100,000 for a multimedia game teaming players with an alien who fights to improve women’s auras damaged by negative self-esteem, discrimination and eating disorders.
The grant provides funding through June of 2014 for HERadventure, presented by the Digital Moving Image Salon at Spelman College in Atlanta.
According to Inside Spelman, “The backstory of HERadventure begins when HER, a warrior woman and inhabitant of Earth’s sister planet, comes to Earth to investigate why it is causing her native planet to freeze and slowly die. HER discovers that the auras of Earth’s women are diminishing. Consequently, Earth and other parts of the universe are negatively impacted. HER enlists a corps of 'superheroes in training' (HERadventure users) to take meaningful action and offer solutions to issues such as negative self-esteem, discrimination, eating disorders, and depression, which are causing women’s auras to suffer.”
HERadventure is the multimedia project of Dr. Ayoka Chenzira of Spelman College and her daughter and collaborator, HaJ. The project encompasses digital video, games and social media.
HaJ tells CNSNews.com, “Basically we are playing with a new form of storytelling. It’s all about ‘how do you engage audiences today?’ and today’s audience seems to be moving more towards interactive, gaming, online - that kind of thing. So we wanted to tell a story that engaged users but with these social issues. Usually people seem to run away with heavy issues like this, so it’s ‘how do you get people involved?’”
“We highlight sex trafficking, date rape, domestic violence, gender discrimination and bullying,” HaJ says.
Audiences at this year’s South by Southwest Festival in Texas glimpsed a demonstration of HERadventure on International Women’s Day (March 8th). At this time there is no official release date for the project, but the creators are hopeful that it will be released in 2014.
“This project would not have been accomplished without the NEA grant,” HaJ says. “Using the grant to be able to provide a platform to highlight these issues that are affecting women and girls around the world, the NEA’s contribution to that is significant.”