This Fortnite game wants to teach players what it’s like to help during war and disaster

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Screenshots of the game.

This article originally appeared on VICE Asia

Have you ever wondered what Red Cross volunteers really do? Well now you can actually have a day in their life thanks to everyone’s favorite survival sandbox game Fortnite. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has joined forces with Fortnite to create insightful insight into the organization’s role in helping save the world.

The game mode, called Liferun (an original version of the Deathrun game mode on Fortnitecreative mode of), consists of a series of challenges that recreate the tasks in which the ICRC is involved. From building homes for families in war-affected areas to providing aid in the form of food and bandages, Liferun takes your typical third-person shooter and adds an educational twist.

It is clear that the mode is not meant to be very difficult. For example, one of the challenges is walking through a minefield, stopping intermittently to defuse mines, well, that’s all there really is to do. It’s no Dark souls, but if you are already a fan Fortnite and looking for an informative and healthy way to kill time, I would say it’s worth a try.

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Screenshots of the game.

Never having played Fortnite I used to be a little unsure of what to expect with the game mechanics. Used to the fast-paced, high-octane playstyle of Apex Legends (another sandbox survival shooter) it took a while to get used to the almost light feel of the avatar. The first of four challenges I was placed involved the avatar moving through a ruined, war-torn city, looking for survivors to bandage at. It didn’t go very well as it took me 2 minutes to find the first civilian shot down.

Another challenge is to jump through a field of icebergs in order to obtain building materials to build houses and schools for the refugees. Another took me down steep slopes, collect supplies and deliver them to remote villages. It was the most fun because the snowboard hover had the most weighted controls, and if you hit the shift key you could get a boost, which led to me spending a good 2 minutes trying to do land a frontside 180 instead of saving lives. supply of the villages below.

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Screenshots of the game.

After stumbling over a few rock faces and being swept away into an icy abyss, I finally understood and passed all four challenges with relative ease. It took me about 20 minutes to do it.

Overall, what the game lacks in execution, it makes up for in its intentions. It’s a fun and innovative way to draw an enthusiastic crowd to an important message.

If the challenges seem a bit specific, it’s because they represent the work the ICRC is doing to help people around the world. Providing humanitarian aid, clearing deadly explosive fields and building homes for the displaced is a far cry from our cushy existence. Fortnite on comfortable gaming chairs.

It’s a great way to get people interested in humanitarian aid, although a real education should probably come from deeper reading. For a video game, however, this is pretty impressive. It’s not often that we see what’s on the other side of violence, especially when we’re so used to the world of online shooters throwing guns, grenades, and rabbit hopping. .

At the end of the game, players are invited to make a donation to the ICRC, so that you can also make concrete contributions to the humanitarian relief effort.

If you want to play the Liferun game mode or make a contribution to the ICRC (A pro-gamer move), Click here to start. The game mode is playable on all devices supporting Fortnite!


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