Mizzou prof receives $1m grant for anti-drug game


University of Missouri Associate Professor Joel Epstein has received a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to make a game about addiction. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Epstein is looking to make a game that focuses on what happens to a person using drugs. The gameplay will approach genders differently, with the boys' version being more competitive, and girls receiving a more socially engaging experience.

The four-year project will spend the first two years developing the game, and another two years testing in schools around the St. Louis area. Development will take input from fourth- and fifth-graders, educators and the NIDA. No word yet if Blizzard and PopCap will give input on creating an addictive game to keep kids from becoming addicted to drugs.

[Via Gamespot]

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