Gaming Goes Political: ICED

With slick graphics, high tech features and an urban soundtrack, ICED (I Can End Deportation) is engaging American youth on the issue of illegal immigration in a whole new way: videogames. Players choose from one of five characters and then live out the day to day life of an immigrant youth in the US – being chased by immigration officers, risking being thrown into detention and then facing unjust conditions while awaiting — often for unknown amounts of time for the random outcome of his or her case.

ICED is designed to spark dialogue and create awareness of unfair U.S. immigration policies (and is a deliberate play on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department). It is a free, 3D downloadable game available at

ICED was produced by Breakthrough an international human rights organisation.