WONDER CITY is a companion game to the PBS documentary feature film Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. The film encourages young audiences to explore pop cultural history as a means of thinking critically, while the WONDER CITY game aims to change how we visualize power and gender.
While half of girls 8-12 play games online, most popular “girl games” center on themes like cooking, shopping, makeup, and dating, and the default protagonist of most other games is a white male. This lack of representation discourages girls and women (and others) from participating in the gaming community – as consumers and creators.
WONDER CITY undermines those stereotypes by immersing players in a world that represents a more realistic diversity in race, gender, and body image. By empowering tweens to adopt their own superhero identity, they become agents of their own values.
WONDER CITY is also available on pbs.org!
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NBC Latino, June 13th, 2013, “‘Wonder Women’ Filmmaker Creates Online Game To Empower Girls”
Latina, June 13th, 2013, “‘Wonder Women!’ Filmmaker Launches Empowering Video Game For Tweens”
Game Politics, June 13th, 2013, “Wonder City Teaches Young Girls How To Be Super Heroes, Leaders”
Casual Gameplay, June 4th, 2013, “Wonder City”
Games For Change, May 2013, “Discover The Superhero Within You In Wonder City: Q&A With Naomi Clark”
Beyond The Box, April 15th, 2013, “Wonder Women! Inspires WONDER CITY Game.”
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