ICED – I Can End Deportation

Release Date: 2008

Developer: Breakthrough

Illustrates unfair immigration laws and human rights violations.



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ICED – I Can End Deportation, from non-profit Breakthrough (, is a free, 3D downloadable video game (available at  ICED teaches players about current immigration laws on detention and deportation that affect all immigrants: legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, students and undocumented people by violating human rights and denying due process. In the game, players can inhabit one of five immigrant youth, each of a different ethnicity and immigration status.  The youth are being chased by immigration officers, while making moral decisions and answering myth and fact questions about immigration policies. If the player chooses or answers incorrectly, he/she increases his/her chances of being thrown into detention. Once in detention, the player endures both physical separation from his/her family and unjust conditions awaiting – often for unknown amounts of time – the random outcomes of his/her case.  ICED comes with additional educational resources, which are found on the game website: a standards aligned curriculum for high school teachers that uses web 2.0 technologies and a discussion guide which provides talking points and tips for mobilization for organizations and community groups.

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    Total Game Reviews: 4

    This game seems to insult the player’s knowledge while posing questions it doesn’t seem to want answers to. The developers’ aim does not seem to be to illustrate or educate, but to criticize the legal system while seeming to condone actual crimes and rights violations.

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