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Tue, Dec 30, 2008

Global Conflicts: Latin America

A new serious game was released this October that explores a variety of important social issues in Latin America. The game, entitled Global Conflicts: Latin America, is the second in the series from Serious Games Interactive, a European game developer focused on educational games. They focus on young people ages 13-19. Their first game, Global Conficts: Palestine, was quite well-received, and this new game has better gameplay and a revised conversation model that requires players to marshall a set of arguments that can be used in a final interview with a “boss”. The game is available in a large number of different languages, selling for the equivalent of 20 euros for the consumer version, with an educational version also available for about 100 euros that includes a teacher’s manual, worksheets, and website access. Mac and PC compatible.

image The game site invites you to
“Travel Latin America as an investigative journalist out to find the truth and expose the harsh reality to the world.
* Can you find the evidence to make a difference?
* Immerse yourself in authentic, interactive 3D environments.
* Get the facts right and gather arguments for that crucial, final interview.
* For everyone with an interest in current affairs and human-interest stories.”

Gamers are taken to places in Mexico, Bolivia and Guatemala as they explore issues related to corruption, pollution, labor exploitation and more. An online demo is available, providing a good introduction to the gameplay style and approach. The company is working on several new games, one involving child soldiers in Africa and one on child labor issues in Asia.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 12 30 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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