Created by: Veronica Whitney, Nick Chow, Vanessa Rhodes, and Bethany Dubeck for the Digital Diversity class at Washington State University Vancouver, Fall 2017 semester.
In order to win, you must complete the three goals of getting a job, transportation, and an permanent address.
Your progress so far:
How To Play Bare Necessities
Your character is Mr./Mrs. Bear McGee. Due to recent circumstances beyond your control, you suddenly find yourself homeless and on the streets of Vancouver, Washington.
This game is your journey to get back on your feet before the harsh winter weather sets in. It is intended to instill empathy within the hearts and minds of others by teaching people about the many complexities involved with being homeless.
Many people simply write off homeless people as being lazy, undisciplined drug addicts who want to live off of free handouts. However, this is simply not the case for most people.
Most Americans are only a paycheck or disaster away from becoming homeless themselves. Illness, job loss, family deaths, natural disasters (such as fires, floods, etc.), and housing shortages are only some of the factors affecting the housing vulnerable population. Many of these things (if not most of them) are out of these people's control, and homelessness can often happen in the blink of an eye.
In order to win the game, you must venture around the city of Vancouver, interact with various characters, and ultimately obtain reliable transportation, a job, and a house before the winter sets in.