Global Arcade is still a prototype and is seeking funding to complete and
launch the site.
Global Arcade educates young people about social, cultural, economic and
political globalization, and inspires youth to take action by raising awareness
about its impact on society and individuals. Through innovative use of the
internet, we strive to de-mystify terms such as the MAI, free trade, immigration,
maquiladoras, sweatshops and transnational corporations in the style and
media familiar to today'Œs youth.
Filled with cutting edge entertaining internet games, lively discussions,
and informative stories, Global Arcade critically examines current trends
of corporate multinationalism, labor practices, economic development, grass
roots organizing, and other policies that directly impact global citizens.
Additionally, Global Arcade is an on-line resource center and hosts a forum
for discussion and networking among youth and organizers. Global Arcade
forms partnerships with groups working on global justice issues in order
to develop stories, essays, game concepts, and other researched materials.
Global Arcade reaches youth by maximizing the full potential of
the internet. Presented with fun and accessible games and graphics, Global
Arcade users are encouraged to think, discuss and play an active role in
effecting change. On-line games are supplemented with discussion, stories,
and other resources to better present today's multi-faceted and complex
The site includes the following elements:
interactive games and quizzes
glossary of terms
links to organizations
For example, we have developed a game called Maria
Sisters, in which the player controls a character named Maria,
an immigrant worker in a Silicon Valley hi-tech manufacturing plant.
The game is designed to be the third game in a series which follows
the Maria character from her home country to the American factory.
Maria Sisters is an action game patterned after the classic video
game Mario Brothers, but the setting has been changed to a chip factory
- game elements have been replaced with realistic depictions of conditions
in the factory. Through role-playing, the player learns about the
issues and factors that force people from an agricultural independent
life to urban sweatshop labor and then to US immigration. The web
site will include real-life stories of immigrants, explanations of
the various social and economic factors behind migration, and action
campaigns on sweatshops, labor rights and global trade and finance.
What you are looking at is the initial version of Global Arcade. It includes
the basic features the web site, along with several games that we have already
developed using Shockwave, a technology for interactive media on the web.
The site is freely available to anyone with internet access. Once
launched, visitors will be encouraged to return periodically to play the
latest games and to read the newest articles.
This will be an ongoing project, with new games and information added on
a monthly basis, in order to broaden the scope of the issues and to keep
current with the latest news and events. We will form partnerships with
more non-profits to bring new content and ideas to the site.
We were awarded a grant for a month-long artist retreat at the Banff Centre
for the Arts in Canada to begin the prototype of this product. In addition,
Tactile Pictures has been donating its own time and resources
to plan, develop and raise funds for this project since June, 1998. However,
our resources are limited and additional funding is required to continue this
project to the next level.
How You Can Help
We are actively seeking funding from foundations, private individuals,
other non-profit organizations and other art and educational agencies.
As the site is developed, it will able generate some income via other
promotional sponsorship and fees from educational institutions for the curriculum
Here are number of ways you can help Global Arcade grow:
Make a tax-deductible contribution!
We need your help to make Global Arcade happen. Send us email for
information on how to contribute.
Volunteer your time. Share your knowledge
and expertise. Write articles, develop games or moderate discussions.
Spread the word. Tell your friends
about it. You can also send e-mail to your friends about the site.
Give us feedback. Let us know what
you think about this proposal or globalarcade.org. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax us at 415-431-8352.
is a San Francisco new media design and production studio with a strong commitment
to social responsibility and community work. With one foot in the computer
industry and the other in the arts, Tactile Pictures has been producing numerous
new media, print and software projects for diverse clients including Apple
Computer, NAATA, NAMAC, Macromedia, IDEO, MTV, the LaFetra Operating Foundation,
the San Francisco Family Service Agency and the International Volunteer Programs