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US diplomacy goes virtual with youth video game

Published on Dec 13, 2012 7:21 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) expanded its e-diplomacy efforts on Wednesday with the launch of a video game aimed at helping young people get a better understanding of American language and culture.

The game Trace Effects, allows players to follow a university student named Trace, from the year 2045, who has accidentally travelled back in time to the present.

"In order to get home, he must complete a challenging mission to change the future for the better by helping six different young people accomplish great things and have a positive impact on the future," a statement from the State Department said. "This innovative language learning video game will complement students' classroom English language instruction through interactive 3-D multimedia learning adventures. Trace Effects is geared for players aged 12 to 16."

The game allows players to "take a dynamic journey through the United States, traveling to cultural locations like Kansas, New Orleans, the Grand Canyon, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC", the statement said.

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