Medium and message: The Rainforest Foundation

The Rainforest Foundation has made a second online game about how logging affects indigenous tribes.

The Rainforest Foundation has created an online game to raise awareness of the plight of indigenous tribes, based on Indiana Jones, the character from the Steven Spielberg films.

Congo Jones and the Loggers of Doom is the sequel to the charity's Raiders of the Lost Bark game. Players have to map and protect the Congo rainforest by working with local communities living in the forest, jumping logs, climbing waterfalls and avoiding the chainsaws along the way.

"We are trying to help the indigenous people of the Congo rainforest by encouraging the mapping process," says Alistair Clay, a press officer at the Rainforest Foundation. "To claim a legal right to the land where they have lived for generations, they need to map it first, so we have provided them with GPS units to enable them to do that."

Staff at the charity came up with the idea for the game, which was created with the help of a freelance designer. Raiders of the Lost Bark was launched in 2004 and attracted 2,500 hits. "We wanted to target as many people as possible by creating something that was fun and accessible, not preachy," says Clay.

The charity has tried to get the link to the game posted onto blogging sites, and it can be found on the BBC's website.

"We hope it snowballs," says Clay, "It's very much of the moment. If this game is as successful as the last, we will look into producing another game to complete the series."

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