October 14, 2007

"Walking a Mile in the Cyber Shoes of Another"

Nora Paul commented on the hottest online games focusing on social issues

"...The activist-game trend got a boost in June, when Microsoft and Games for Change announced a joint commitment to explore new ways to unite the worlds of digital gaming and social change. Microsoft issued an "Xbox 360 Games for Change Challenge" to college student worldwide to create the best game about global warming.

Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota, said the key to the success of socially conscious games is how technically advanced they are and whether they accomplish their political objectives.

"Some of the serious games I've seen are either too serious or so complicated that it's hard to even get in the game. Other ones that are clearly focused on some particular messge or outcome can be more effective."

Paul hasn't seen "ICED!" yet. But she admits she couldn't resist playing "Darfur is Dying." Game designers hope others get hooked too...."

Posted by ossma003 at October 14, 2007 2:11 PM