One of the big criticisms of popular video games is that they promote violence or materialism and aren’t doing us that much good. But of course, like in most other industries, there are groups creating niche products looking to make a positive impact. One such group is Noosa-based game development startup Disparity Games, which has launched a new title hoping to help combat bullying.
New mobile application DearBully hit iTunes last week, and is set to combat the issue of bullying that’s afflicting people of all ages, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations.
I must say I do love a startup that has a social cause at it’s core, especially when the focus is local and obviously something very important to the founders. Totem Skate school is a startup that does exactly that, where they aim to get young people skating instead of hating. As we have seen in the media over the past year, bullying is a huge problem around the world, and although massive campaigns and celebrities get behind huge campaigns to raise awareness, it really does nothing measurable other then give the companies / organisations behind them stats and numbers of their “reach” – good on them, but at the end of the day, this is just a vanity metric.