January 20th, 2006

Playing Games with a Purpose

Sometimes I think I live under a rock. I had no idea that there were so many games on so many specialized topics out there! I’m not talking about games that you can buy in Best Buy or Wal*Mart. I’m talking about specialized games that I would call “playing with a purpose” — whether that purpose be education, propaganda or self-help — as opposed to popular commercial games people play in their spare time, like Grand Theft Auto, Chess, Civilization or World of Warcraft. They are created by associations, psychologists, financial institutions, educators, consultants, and graphic designers learning their craft, and they represent a fascinating hodgepodge of ideas.

Look what I’ve found (and these only scratch the surface!). Makes me wonder what else I’ve been missing!

Health/Psychology
(See also these related articles: Game for a Little Therapy and Video Games Boost Brain Power)

The Anger Control Game
http://www.therapeuticresources.com/product_detail.asp?id=101

The Anti-Bullying Game
http://www.therapeuticresources.com/product_detail.asp?id=248

The Assertiveness Game
http://www.therapeuticresources.com/product_detail.asp?id=96

The Problem Solver Game
http://www.therapeuticresources.com/product_detail.asp?id=259

Talking, Feeling and Doing Game
http://www.therapeuticresources.com/product_detail.asp?id=262

Chatter Matters Game for family communication
http://www.therapeuticresources.com/product_detail.asp?id=345

Ben’s Game for children fighting cancer
http://www.makewish.org/site/pp.asp?c=cvLRKaO4E&b=64401

The Tranquility Game Aaaaaahh
http://www.tqworld.com/

Self-Esteem Games
http://www.selfesteemgames.mcgill.ca/

Others

City Planning: Plan Your Future Park
href=”http://www.gothamgazette.com/parksgame/

City Services Breakdown
http://www.gothamgazette.com/breakdown/

Objection! Trial law game series
http://www.objection.com/

JOSHU learn Japanese
http://www.laits.utexas.edu/japanese/joshu/verbsGames.htm

Labyrinthus Latinus a MUD entirely in Latin
http://labyrinthus.latinus.imp.ch/

Peter Packet Game for fighting global poverty
http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/779/edu/peterpacket/

Queer Power Transgender Game
http://www.molleindustria.it/home-eng.php#

September 12 Game for solving terrorism
http://www.newsgaming.com/games/index12.htm

Virtual U Game for university management practices
http://www.virtual-u.org/

Don’t Gross Out the World for international etiquette
http://www.fekids.com/img/kln/flash/DontGrossOutTheWorld.swf

Freudian Slip a word game
http://mud.co.uk/richard/fs.htm

Business Related:

Leadership Training Simulation
http://www.simulearn.net/SimuLearn/simulearn_home_page.htm

The Knowledge Game
http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/2003/06/10.html#a267

The Business Strategy Game
http://www.mhhe.com/business/management/thompson/11e/bsg/

Oil Producers’ Microworld Game
http://www.strategydynamics.com/products/oilprod.asp

Professional Services Microworld Game
http://www.strategydynamics.com/products/Profserv.asp

nVestor
http://investorsleague.com/index.html

Wall Street Challenge
http://wtc.wallstreet-challenge.com/

The International Logistics Management Game
http://www.ilmg.com/

Lemonade Stand the classic business school game
http://www.4webgames.com/lemonade/

Gazillionaire, an intergalactic business strategy game
http://www.gazillionaire.com/gaz.html

The Sales Activator Training Game, including the Trinamic Sales Game
http://www.businessballs.com/salesactivatorsellinggames.htm

I’ve left the URLs visible in case you want to print this out and take it home to try some out. Enjoy!

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