An unlikely gaming advocate

It might be a bit dry (err… educational) in comparison to Guitar Hero, but a new video game about the court system has Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s backing.

O’Connor spoke this week at Games for Change, a conference in New York, where she unveiled “Our Courts” – a video game project she helped to develop. It’s aimed at teaching children about the nation’s judicial system. Think of it as a virtual civics program, she said.

“In recent years I’ve become increasingly concerned about vitriolic attacks by some members of Congress, some members of state legislatures and various private interest groups … on judges,” O’Connor said, according to the Reuters report. “We hear a great deal about judges who are activists — godless, secular, humanists trying to impose their will on the rest of us. Now I always thought an activist judge was one who got up in the morning and went to work.”

Our sister blog, DC Dicta, wondered if O’Connor’s participation at the conference means she’s a closet video game fan – perhaps spending her free time playing Zelda or Grand Theft Auto? Um, no.

“I don’t play videogames,” she said. “Sorry.”

According to Wired magazine, O’Connor also told the crowd, “If someone told me when I retired from court that I’d be talking at a conference about digital gaming, I’d think they’d had one drink too many.”