I thought the concept of persuasive games was a very interesting one. The parody of MacDonald’s, which illustrates to the player the corrupt inner workings of MacDonald’s really stuck out to me. I think that a video game is great way to get information to people. Many people don’t have time or don’t care to read, and playing a video game would be a lot more appealing to them. The incorporation of education and gaming is a very important concept, because games keep people interested and motivated, unlike a lot of lecture based education in schools. I am always more engaged in a class room when a teacher tries to incorporate a game into the learning in the classroom. Today video games are easy to access over the internet and very popular, and therefore a great tool for learning. What do you guys think?
I think that Ryan Lambourn’s V-Tech Rampage is very sad and sick. I really think that someone who would design a game like this so quickly after such a tragic event is truly unfeeling and needs help. Anyway, I think this kind of game really illustrates that creating games to make a statement is a very powerful tool and it can be used for both negative and positive purposes. I personally believe that the creation of games should not be limited or bound by laws, but I also think that one of the negative effects of having such freedom and in the game world is that it can be abused. Although I think that the positive effects outweigh the negatives. What do you guys think?
The first game I played was called Fat World. I have to say I think the concept is interesting, but I don’t think that playing the game will have the desired affects on the users of the game. For example, the game may spread awareness of the fact that many people are obese and, that it is generally much more convenient to buy cheap fast foot than make healthy food at home. Yet, I don’t think a game like this would encourage people to go out and exercise and buy better food. On the contrary I think that it may cause people to sit in front of their computer and play the game instead of exercising. I think the best way to get people to eat healthier or exercise is actually to get them to do it somehow.
I think the concept of the Wii fitness is a great way to get people to exercise who don’t normally. The Wii fitness unlike Fatworld actually gets people exercising while playing the game. I think this is a much better incoporation of exercise and health in a game.
Also I thought this game was not well thought out. It was pretty boring first of all. It froze every time I tried to exercise, and the games like running were really unexciting. I don’t know about anyone else but pressing the G and H buttons over and over again to get a little animated player to run fast is not my idea of thrilling. I even play video games and I am not a fan of Fat World.