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Quick, Use Your Lasers on the Expensive Swanson's Meal!

Filed under: General Gaming
Posted by Jeremy on August 16, 2004 11:39 AM
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Thanks to this Wired News article detailing a new food stamp program which uses a set of CD-ROM video games collectively titled, "Fantastic Food Challenge," to teach food stamp recipients how to better purchase, use, and store their food. I think that the intentions are good, however, they're forgetting that these people are poor, not dumb. In fact, I'd bet that food stamp recipients are some of the best bargain shoppers already and could probably teach us a few tricks.

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I say the above because as the Wired article states, "One game is called Store It Safe. It involves placing baked beans, tortillas, frozen chicken and other virtual groceries into a cartoon-drawn freezer, cupboard or refrigerator." I really think that most people know how to store food. And, if they don't, it's the education system that failed them and that's a whole other issue.

Instead of spending tax revenue to develop video games to help people who already know the information contained in the video games, perhaps we should use that money to raise the amount of food stamps one person can use so that they don't need the video game to tell them how to spend their food stamps better.

Oh, and do the poor have readily available access to PCs? Hmm?

That goes along with another brilliant government plan to make a clearing house of homeless information available online. The site is supposed to make finding out information regarding benefits and help much easier. However, again, do homeless people have computers and internet access? Sure, there are public libraries but c'mon, it's fairly ridiculous.

Both of these programs are a good way to make it look like government is helping people without actually helping many at all.

Grr.









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