About Serious Games

Serious games (SGs) or persuasive games are computer and video games used as persuasion technology or educational technology. They can be similar to educational games, but are often intended for an audience outside of primary or secondary education. Serious games can be of any genre and many of them can be considered a kind of edutainment.

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Monday, 25 June 2007

"Real Lives": Learning about world cultures, one life at a time

My name is Manal. I am a six year old girl in Syria. I have an older brother and three older sisters. My mother and father are salespeople. We are sunni muslims. Tomorrow I begin school...

So begins the life of my new character in the game "Real Lives" put out by Educational Simulations. A turn-based single-player game that uses real world statistics, the goal is simply to live the life of someone from birth to death. Bob Runyon of Ed Sim was kind enough to let me try out a copy of the game, after meeting him at Games for Change last week.

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