High School Story, the iOS and Android game from former Electronic Arts developers that previously took a stand against cyberbullying, is now aiming to raise awareness for another issue affecting teenagers: eating disorders.
Pixelberry Studios has partnered with the National Eating Disorders Association to create a new in-game storyline centered around eating disorders. The game will also offer educational resources to the estimated 20 million teenagers across the United States who are not happy with their bodies.
The new version of High School Story follows a character named Mia. After hearing an insensitive comment about her body type, she takes up an unhealthy diet and exercise regimen. She even edits her yearbook to make herself appear thinner.
Through High School Story’s new narrative around Mia–researched by Pixelberry and NEDA–players will learn all about the causes and consequences of body image issues. The game will even allow players to reach out directly to the NEDA through the app.
Pixelberry says High School Story’s previous anti-bully campaign helped 2.5 million teens learn more about cyberbullying prevention. In addition, Pixelberry adds that more than 100 players every week were directed to professional counselors through the game and that it raised over $250,000 for an anti-bullying charity.
To go deeper into what the new eating disorder content means for High School Story, read the full article and interview with Pixelberry co-founder Oliver Miao here: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/mobile-game-from-former-ea-devs-taking-on-teenage-eating-disorders/1100-6420434/