November begins National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM), and major organizations dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes and promoting the fight to lower its risks are now in full force advocating for insulin checks and more. The gaming world, of course, is no exception to this, with the one leading organization creating its own awareness campaign with their very own game,
The JDRF, the leading world organization in the fight against Type-1 Diabetes, has announced the launch of its own game at the start of NDAM. Titled JDRF One World, the game is built within the framework of the popular MMO Roblox. The point of the game is a casual and family-friendly hangout where players can talk to each other as well as learn about Type-1 Diabetes.
JDRF One World was built in collaboration with developer Melon Development. Almost all of the development into One World was due to the COVID-19 outbreak, when the pandemic canceled the traditional in-person fundraisers and community events that the JDRF would normally host.
This new virtual space, which launched on November 1st, already contains a virtual version of the JDRF One Walk experience, containing a walking track, information tents, six different minigames, and several virtual prizes. Players interested in the JDRF One World can team up with their friends to run through a Fall Guys-styled course, a timed maze, a scavenger hunt, and even trivia games and more. Winning in all the minigames gives players access to the V1P tent, which includes an ongoing dance party, and special guests to speak and mingle with.
Despite the clear niche of the entire project, the JDRF One World room has already had over 58k visits in just two days of operation. What's more, there are currently plans to keep One World online indefinitely, with new content planned to be added in subsequent updates.
JDRF One World is not the only video game event happening during this month either by the JDRF.
Other events involving NDAM include the Game2Give community livestream, a fundraiser that is hoping to raise $20,000 through multiple charity streams all month, as well as a Humble Bundle featured charity, where a percentage of all purchases from Humble Bundle can be donated to the JDRF in honor of NDAM. Finally, the JDRF will be hosting a World Golf Tour tournament the week of November 14th - 21st.