I have to start by saying that I am brand new to the world of gaming. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of gaming is of course the World of Warcraft. I have always been against gaming because of how much time it takes in peoples lives but after listening to Jane McGonigal I am beginning to see how it can have a positive impact on people’s lives. There are many games out there that I found when I did a google search. I found a lot of games related to the military, medical field, games that reach out to teens, games for people living with cancer, games about different countries and problems they are facing, and other life crisis games. After looking at many of these games and listening to the videos, I have changed my perspective even more because I have began to see the real value some of these games can have for people. Two of the main benefits that come to mind are that these games can help people to heal themselves and they can cause empathy. I am not fully sold on playing serious games but I would say after this week the idea has really began to grow on me.
Below are a list of a few of the games I found, the site that I found these particular ones on was http://www.gamesforchange.org:
- “Dumb Ways to Die” http://www.dumbwaystodie.com, this game is about the dumb ways people die and gives you the smart way to live. It makes you think about being more careful in certain situations.
- Climate Change http://www.gamesforchange.org/play/climate-defense/. This game allows you to look at ways the atmosphere is being distroyed and to try to stop climate change with things that reduce Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere.
- Code Fred Survival mode http://www.gamesforchange.org/play/code-fred-survival-mode/. This game has players think about your body and what it needs to survive by making the character survive while he is lost in the wilderness. Video of game http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CjhWJmvx0x4