The State Department is launching a video game aimed at helping young people around the world get a better understanding of American language and culture.
The game, called “Trace Effects,” targeted at players between ages 12 to 16, follows a college-aged student named Trace from the year 2045, who has accidentally traveled back in time to the present. It explores “themes related to entrepreneurship, community activism, empowering women, science and innovation, environmental conservation, and conflict resolution,” the State Department said.
It takes players across the United States, visiting cultural locations like Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, New Orleans and the midwest.
“In order to get home, he must complete a challenging mission to change the future for the better by helping six different young people accomplish great things and have a positive impact on the future,” said the State Department. “This innovative language learning video game will complement students’ classroom English language instruction through interactive 3-D multimedia learning adventures.”