Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Serious Games That Challenge Your Real Life Skills

Serious Games for empathy-building real world, real life simulation


Via: Educational Simulations - Real Lives 2007 Edition

Real Lives brand-new 2007 edition is a first-person simulation of what it is like to be born and live in over 190 different countries.


It is is a content rich and empathy-building real world, real life simulation that challenges your life skills as you make difficult, high-stakes choices that lead to your success, or failure.

You might be born anyone, anywhere on Earth. You might die as an infant, you might make it to old age. You might be able to marry the person of your dreams, and have a rewarding job, or you could be stuck in poverty. Be born, live an exciting life, and die. Then do it again. And again. Learn about the world as you live your Real Lives around the world, one life-altering decision at a time.

Both a fantastic opportunity and an incredible challenge, Real Lives 2007 makes the world come alive on a personal and global level, one life at a time.

New features for Real Lives 2007 include the ability to emigrate from one country to another (and experience the difficulties and dangers faced when emigrating), more realistic job and financial features, updated data, and other more subtle changes.

You can experience life as a:

Policeman in Nigeria


Peasant farmer in Bangladesh

Lawyer in the United States


Computer Operator in Poland


or any of several more...

Through statistically accurate events, Real Lives brings to life different cultures, political systems, economic opportunities, personal decisions, health issues, family issues, schooling, jobs, religions, geography, war, peace, etc.
Statistics is the main core of the game. How well you do in life, depends on your chances of going to school and landing a good job (of course not all countries have the same opportunities, especially educational).

As students make decisions for their characters and experience the consequences of those decisions they learn about the world and gain an increased appreciation of their own culture and diversity.