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ASEAN Foundation to launch educational PC game

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By Alex Villafania INQUIRER.net PhotobucketTHE ASSOCIATION of Southeast Asian Nation Foundation (AF) is set to launch in July a PC game that aims to provide a fun learning activity to the youth and give them useful information on the 10 member countries of the ASEAN. AF executive director Filemon Uriarte Jr. presented the ASEAN Quest game during a memorandum of agreement signing between the AF and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Makati City. Uriarte showed a box version of the game as well as the opening cut scene. Uriarte described ASEAN Quest as primarily a single-player role-playing game where players have to navigate through several, albeit short, levels. There are portions of real-time strategy, trivia, a spy game and even a "build" game. Much of the game focuses on the cultural nuances of the 10 member countries of the ASEAN. Some of the mini-games are patterned after some of the popular PC games such as Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy, Warcraft and StarCraft. However, the difference is that there is no indication of violence in ASEAN Quest. De La Salle University was tapped to develop the game and was awarded a $90,000 grant in 2007 for the project. The game will be launched during the upcoming ASEAN Youth Science Summit, which will be part of the National Science and Technology Week from July 1 to 11. A gaming competition featuring ASEAN Quest for the participants and delegates will be held during the Youth Science Summit. Uriarte said the commercial price of the game could reach between P300 and P500.

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