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Wed, Sep 11, 2013

Quandry, a Free Online Game, Teaches Perspective Taking and Conflict Resolution

A conflict resolution game has been named game of the year at the 2013 Games for Change Festival in New York! The game, entitled Quandry, is aimed at upper elementary and middle school students. The premise is that you, as the player, are serving as the captain of a space colony. Part of your job responsibilities are to step in and assist the other colonists when disputes arise. You have to learn the various dimensions of the dispute by talking to interested parties to get their perspectives, while sorting facts from possible solutions from more general opinions or preferences. For the tough cases, you must eventually propose your solution, one that seems best based on your interviews, to a council of elders on Earth who will make the final decision. You get maximum points by listening to all the game characters, and accurately predicting how they will respond to the eventual solution, something that is only possible if you’ve come to understand each character’s point of view.

Check out the game’s trailer video here: http://www.quandarygame.org/contest

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 09 11 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Fun Stuff  Learning Objects  

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