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Facebook game turns future into Libya-like chaos

America 2049 attempts to teach social justice through social gaming by putting you in the role of desperately trying to save us all.


The drugs may be pumped directly into the water rather than slipped into the populace's Nescafe.

But with First Amendment rights shelved and human rights threatened, the U.S. looks an awful lot like Gaddafi's Libya in the new Facebook game America 2049.

The app attempts to bridge social gaming and social justice by putting you in a MacGyver-meets-Bourne role and presenting some of the pressing issues of our time and perhaps of the not-too-distant future.

The global human rights org behind the app, Breakthrough, describes it this way:

You, the player, are an agent of the Council on American Heritage. Tasked with the capture of a presumed terrorist, you are sent into high-risk situations that challenge you to ask: What if? How close have we already come to America 2049? How can we work together--in real life--to build a better future?

America 2049 is the first Facebook game to integrate the social-networking platform with many other resources, online and off: multimedia and interactive features, historical artifacts, clues planted across the Internet and real-life events at leading cultural institutions nationwide.

A familiar cast of actors volunteered their time for the project, adding a little Hollywood splash. You're likely to recognize some faces like comedian Margaret Cho and Harold Perrineau from "Lost."

You may not wind up saving the world, but you're likely to learn a lot more than you would watering your friend's radishes.