Youth team release video game

A small team of local youth aged 10 to 13 are releasing a video game entitled DrugApocalypse or DA for short.

THE COMMUNITY DRUG Strategy Committee received the prototype of the DrugApocalypse video game June 12.

THE COMMUNITY DRUG Strategy Committee received the prototype of the DrugApocalypse video game June 12.

A small team of local youth aged 10 to 13 are releasing a video game entitled DrugApocalypse or DA for short.

The game answers the challenge of providing factual information about the use and abuse of substances including cocaine, LSD, ketamine, alcohol and crystal meth.

Concept producer Griffin comments, “Some of the substances mentioned in the game that I did research on are drugs that are highly addictive.”

“It is a mistake to not teach young kids about the dangers of drugs,” says Karen Botsford, community health nurse.

The project was approved and commissioned by the Community Drug Strategy Committee, an initiative of the City of Courtenay. The DA team sought answers through teen literature and asked the assistance of a community nurse and members of the Community Drug Strategy Committee for information on the substances.

Since January this year, this small team of novice game-builders has been working in their basement, their garages and wherever their laptops take them, to collaborate and brainstorm and build, to meet their declared release date of June 20.

DrugApocalypse will be aimed at the interest level of students grades four and higher. DA will be simple enough for nine-year-old students to play, but captivating enough for pre-teens and older age groups.

Ten-year-old team member Paul says, “I had a game idea and thought it would work.”

The DA team developed a simple two-dimensional animated video game that is quirky, fun and gets kids talking and playing, and more importantly, conquering substance use and abuse.

“Players will discover pretty quickly that if they want to stay alive they should avoid the drugs. If you can’t avoid the drugs you’ll lose the game,” says DA programmer David.

DrugApocalypse is offered as a free download on YouTube at There is a free download site for the game at

Requiring just 30 megabytes, it is a quick three-minute download to your PC.

— Community Drug Strategy Committee

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A rendering of the Denman Green plans for the Kirk Road site. Image, DHA/Ronan Design
Denman Green finds new site for housing

Facing COVID delays, the project reached expiration date on initial site

A fawn stands in a field. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
MARS hoping to build fawn complex for rehab

Their goal is to raise $20,000 in a relatively short period of time.

Aspen Park in Comox is the latest school reporting a COVID-19 exposure. Screenshot, Google Maps
Fifth Comox Valley school reports COVID-19 exposure

Exposure at Aspen Park in Comox was reported for Feb. 22

Cumberland Brewery is looking to expand its patio space temporarily for the summer. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland Brewery looks for temporary patio expansion

Move would allow business to spread customers outside in summer months

School District 71’s final budget for this school year showed more revenue from distance learning students but less from traditional classroom registration. Record file photo
Comox Valley Schools’ budget grant almost $5.5 million higher than planned

Increase came from a boost in distributed learning rather traditional registration

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

BC Ferries experienced heavy traffic on Feb. 27 following cancellations the day before due to strong winds and adverse weather. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries sailings fill up quickly after Friday cancellations due to high winds

Waits expected on Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen route, Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route

1957 photo shows Six Mile House-sponsored #4 1932 Ford stock car with Frank Morris (from left), Ted Mackenzie, Bill Sim and driver Gerry Sylvester. (Bud Glover/Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame)
Memories race as Western Speedway approaches its finish line

‘It was life to us:’ Vancouver Island racers, crew will never forget what the track gave them

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Most Read