Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Games that Make a Difference

Early in the course, our students are asked to brainstorm a game that is positive, educational, and could have some type of social impact on the world. Here is an example of a game that meets all three.

Free Rice is a simple game that allows the players to learn vocabulary and donate rice to this in need. For each word you get right, we donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. The concept is pretty simple and straight forward and the end result has been quite powerful. Just under 250 million grains of rice have been donated to date.

Can you image a simple game that could tie together the actions of the user and a positive action in society?

To see some of the games our students have proposed, check out the game proposals on the RTC wiki.


Ryan said...

I agree, I think Free Rice is an incredible idea and would love to see more applications with a dual-purpose like that. Now, if I only had a better vocabulary...

Lee Kraus said...

Me too.