Friday, May 20, 2005

Educating People with Political Computer Games

Back once more to one of my favorite topics, Political Sims or Video Games. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has designed a game to illustrate world hunger. The game is called Food Force and aims to teach children about the logistical challenges of delivering food aid in a major humanitarian crisis. The game is written in Director but is not open source, and is available for download for Mac (198MB) and Windows (227MB).
These types of Web games show how they can forward a particular political argument. Worldchanging has a couple of interest articles on this type of "serious games" like A Force More Powerful, Pax Warrior, and Industrial Waste. Roll on the mainstream use of these as an engaging tool which can help us educate the Playstation generation.


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