Game on and strike a blow against drugs

By Eunice Ang

If you suspect that your brother is taking illicit drugs, would you first search his room, or talk to his friends?

That is just one of many choices that players of a new computer game have to make.

Developed by two 19-year-old students from Singapore Polytechnic's Design School, Miss Theresa Cheong and Miss Gillian Tan, The Right Choice is a Flash-based game which aims to educate youth on the consequences of drug abuse.

The game was inspired by the pair's love for Japanese visual novels - interactive games with mostly static graphics and a storyline.

Said Miss Tan: "In real life, you can't go back and make your choices all over again."

The Right Choice won the first prize in the Flash Games Competition: Games Against Drug Abuse, which was part of this year's Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign, held at Toa Payoh HDB Hub Mall on Sunday.

The second and third places went to students from Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central (MacPherson Campus) and ITE College West, respectively.

A Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) spokesman told my paper there are plans for all three games to be made available online in the later part of the year.

Organised by CNB and the National Council Against Drug Abuse, the campaign was held in conjunction with the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

A windmill made of 45,000 binder clips was also featured at the event, reflecting the campaign's theme: "Life Does Not Rewind. Make The Right Choice".

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