Vancouver's Silicon Sisters unveils its first game: School 26

by Knowlton Thomas

Vancouver-based Silicon Sisters Interactive, a female owned and operated video game company, has announced the upcoming multi-platform launch of School 26. Designed for girls ages 12 to 16, School 26 is a casual game built around the social hierarchy of high school. 

School 26 is about an avatar named Kate, a high school student. The player must help Kate use intuition, empathy, and strategy to build friendships and navigate the moral dilemmas of high school. In-game dilemmas are designed to reflect real and relevant situations teens face every day.

The game is inspired by academic research that identifies social engineering as a prominent element in the lives of teenaged girls. Objectives are met through various types of gameplay including dialogues, quizzes, and a card matching game.

"With the workplace shifting to knowledge-based industries and women leading in university enrollments and professional degrees, today's teen girls are poised for better success than any other generation," says Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch, Silicon Sisters' CEO. "By highlighting and rewarding the social activities girls engage in every day, School 26 legitimizes 'soft skills' such as communication, empathy, and networking. Girls need to understand that these skills will give them a competitive advantage not only in high school, but also later in life."

Versions for iPad, iPhone, and  iPod Touch are will launch in the App Store in April. PC, Mac, and Android versions will follow. School 26 will cost $2.99 for iPhones and iPod Touches and $4.99 for iPads.

Silicon Sisters Interactive
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Silicon Sisters Interactive is the first female owned and run video game studio in Canada. Founded and staffed by industry veterans with decades of hands-on experience, the company is committed to developing high quality, inspirational games with a decidedly female focus: games made by women and girls, for women and girls. Silicon Sisters’ first two projects are currently under development. more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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