May 25, 2009

simulation games

Back to the simulations questions. I stumbled on a bunch of simulation video games where you can

be a "third world" farmer

be a sweatshop worker

be a displaced Darfurian

be an African health service worker

be a refugee

As the Darfur game folks put it, "it offers a faint glimpse of what life is like". Is this useful? Or dangerous, to think that you know? Or will it be obvious that through a video game you only barely know? Can these games weave connections between here and there, us and them?
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