Ever feel you're wasting your time with games? Feel like you should be doing something to better yourself or the world around you instead of staring at a screen? Well, with Poverty.com's Free Rice game
, you can do your part for personal and global fulfillment without ever stopping the gaming.
The self-betterment in Free Rice
comes from vocabulary identification questions that automatically adjust to your skills so they're challenging but not impossible. The world-improvement comes from the eponymous free rice, ten grains of which are donated through the UN's World Food Program
and the site's advertisers for each right answer you provide. In the past month, over 856 million grains of rice
have been donated, with the total rising exponentially day over day.
We love the idea, and think this model has potential for all sorts of games. Every Halo
headshot can net a donation to Amnesty international
(sponsored by Mountain Dew
). Every five star Guitar Hero
performance could give money to Save the Music
(sponsored by VH1, of course). Bill Gates could add few bucks to his foundation
for every Achievement point
earned. The possibilities are endless.
. Thanks Michelle]