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! Iâ€™m not talking about games that you can buy in Best Buy or Wal*Mart. Iâ€™m talking about specialized games that I would call â€œplaying with a purposeâ€ — 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 Iâ€™ve found (and these only scratch the surface!). Makes me wonder what else I’ve been missing!
Chatter Matters Game for family communication
Benâ€™s Game for children fighting cancer
The Tranquility Game Aaaaaahh
City Planning: Plan Your Future Park
Objection! Trial law game series
JOSHU learn Japanese
Labyrinthus Latinus a MUD entirely in Latin
Peter Packet Game for fighting global poverty
September 12 Game for solving terrorism
Virtual U Game for university management practices
Donâ€™t Gross Out the World for international etiquette
Freudian Slip a word game
Lemonade Stand the classic business school game
Gazillionaire, an intergalactic business strategy game
The Sales Activator Training Game, including the Trinamic Sales Game
I’ve left the URLs visible in case you want to print this out and take it home to try some out. Enjoy!