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Video Games For More Than Entertainment: Raising Awareness Of Child Labour In Uzbekistan

Two things are clear about 'My Cotton Picking Life', a new computer game set in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan. One: it's not a very good game. And two: it's not entertaining for a reason.

The game puts you in the role of a child picking cotton in the fields of Uzbekistan. You click a button to pick some cotton. Then you do it again. And then again.

In order to reach your daily quota for cotton, you'd have to spend about eight hours in front of the computer screen, repeating the same action again and again. It's a tedious process, and there's really no reason anyone would choose to complete a day's worth of gaming.

That's exactly the point. As Radio Free Europe says, the game's designers want players to understand, "you can quit playing whenever you want, but a child labourer in Uzbekistan cannot." (PC)

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