Global Kids: Serious Games For Serious Issues
Serious Games challenging us to play a better future
Founded in 1989 and incorporated as an independent non-profit organization in 1993, Global Kids, Inc.™ educates youth about critical international and domestic issues and provides educators with strategies for integrating experiential learning methods into urban classrooms.
A Sample of Global Kids Media Projects
This year, participants chose to focus their game on the general topic of poverty as an obstacle to education. They then decided to use Haiti as a case study and setting for the game. Ayiti: The Cost of Life is a role-playing video game in which the player assumes the roles of family members living in rural Haiti. Over the course of the game, the player must choose among and balance various goals, such as achieving education, making money, staying healthy, and maintaining happiness while encountering unexpected events. The player must make many decisions that contribute to or detract from achieving his or her chosen goals.
The free game is available to play online at http://ayiti.globalkids.org/game/