As part of a project-in-progress, I’ve been gathering examples of various types of serious games. As a start, here is an informal list of games whose purpose seems less about uncovering a winning strategy and more about embodying a particular emotional experience. All of the games listed below are available online to play for free.
I just killed humanity. Oops. In Pandemic 2, your goal is to evolve and spread your disease to wipe out humanity. Even without a background in pathology or microbiology, I can assert with confidence that the game isn’t an exceptionally precise simulation of a global pandemic. However, as I played this game, I kept coming
I’m committed to online learning that is focused on activity, typically of the real-world, application-focused variety. However, imagining how to translate real-world situations into meaningful learning interfaces for a computer screen can sometimes be daunting. Even in the 21st century, significant portions of our lives still don’t revolve around pointing and clicking. One strategy I use
I created a short series of online puzzles based on a traditional logic problem. The first puzzle is a classic: transport a bag of corn, a fox, and a goose across a river in a boat that only holds one item without anything eating anything else. The second two puzzles are variations where you have
The game Spent has been making the rounds through the serious games and eLearning communities. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock (or don’t use twitter), the premise of this game is that you’ve lost your job, your house, and most of your savings. Your challenge is to make it through a month of