Student building games for arcades in South Africa

Electrical and computer engineering student Regina Kgatle launched a bid to get her educational video games to South African children on Mandela Day, the Sunday Times reported.

The initiative dates back to 11 September 2015, when 30 developers who attended the A MAZE festival in Johannesburg pledged to design educational games for Mandela Day this year.

This resulted in the founding of 67 Games, according to the organisation’s website.

“The big idea is that 67 games will be curated from a global range of titles based on the existing South African primary school curriculum, generated over multiple global game jams around the cause,” the website states.

Among the games is Kgatle’s The Pull of the Gangster – a game in the style of Pac Man where players flee gangsters while saving their friends from a gang boss.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said the city is exploring ways to help Kgatle.

Kgatle also builds arcade cabinets.For every two schools that rent her arcades, she takes one to a struggling school for free.

The full report is available in the Sunday Times of 24 July.

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