Escape From Woomera

Published: Wed 02 January 2013

Documentary Game, 2002-2003 (EFW Team)

A controversial game-based project that sought to draw first-person awareness to the inhumane treatment of ‘illegal immigrants’ in Australian detention centers. Some consider this project to be the first ‘documentary game, having appeared in the BBC, NYTimes, The Age, Liberation and Neural Magazine.

EFW received federal arts funding, something the Immigration Minister Phil Ruddock wasn’t very happy about.

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Project Page

Please visit here to see the original project page, with information as to the team members, design strategy, history, conceptual and political background.

Selected Articles

Australia funds asylum game (BBC News)

Escape Game Wires the Minister (Sydney Morning Herald)

Escape Game is not a laughing matter (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission)

Ruddock fury over Woomera computer game (The Age)

Online Games Grab Grim Reality (New York Times)

Wikipedia Page

The WikiPedia page for the project can be found here.

Archive

Escape From Woomera is archived for preservation by PANDORA the National Library of Australia’s web archive.

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