This computer game explores world hunger and poverty, and highlights issues such as corruption, trade barriers, armed conflict, lack of education, sanitation, infrastructure and economic stability that face farmers in third world countries. Through an intuitive and easy-to-play simulation, the player makes choices primarily about crop types, livestock, tools, and structures for the farm, as well as managing the family members’ health, education, marriages and jobs. The highly playable model, where the player only slowly becomes aware of the perilous situation and his increasingly desperate options, has made the game popular with both casual game players and educators who use the simulation in class. You can play online here.
A Closed World
A Closed World was developed in response to the lack of compelling video game content for LGBTQ youth (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer). This role-playing computer game puts you in control of a character of ambiguous gender that begins exploring a forest on the edge of town. Disregarding rumors of “demons” that exist in the forest who have the ability to “destroy” your village, your character must overcome the hardships of a forbidden relationship by exploring what lies inside the forest. Through this journey, players battle the forest’s “demons” and the ideals they are trying to force upon them. The players’ only defense is their logic, passion, ethics, and the ability to remain calm during conflict. As “demons” attack with their beliefs, they must fight back and defy their ideas of what’s “normal” and what love is supposed to look like. play online here.
Ciclania explores global warming, the water cycle, the carbon cycle and other environmental issues where you have to return the world of Ciclania to balance. Along your adventure, you will have 3 heroes with distinct abilities that will help you in your duty: Mike – The athletic kid with some time handling abilities; Ian – The technological spy kid; Flo – The farm girl who communicates with animals. Combine their abilities under the guidance of Valentina and her fellow scientists to save the planet. The game is available in English and Spanish.
ICED (I Can End Deportation)
The object of this game is to become a United States citizen. In this role play game, you play as an immigrant teenager, avoiding ICE officers who will send you to an immigrant detention center and making choices. There are also questions about immigration embedded throughout the game which requires players to learn information in order to advance. Be careful, though. If you make bad choices or answer too many questions wrong, you will end up in the detention center. You can play online here.
Build a living world where every choice matters. Be the Mayor and run the show. Ramp up your economy, hire police and firefighters, erect schools... or let crime and corruption run rampant. Improve infrastructure, battle power shortages, solve that pesky, never-ending traffic jam... or unleash a zombie horde to ravage everything. Teaches issues of class as property values go down near industrial areas and the idea of privilege as those sims who have more money live in more fancy houses away from pollution and crime. Cost to purchase is $19.99 - $29.99 and you can buy it here.
You've just lost your job and you have no savings. Can you take the challenge and end up with enough money to make it through the week? The month? This game shows where it all goes and why poverty is self-perpetuating. You can take the challenge online here.