There are many intrinsic motivations for learning associated with games. The threat of failure is lowered. Games allow players to try, make mistakes or fail, and then try again without losing face. Discovery and application of learned skills in new contexts encourages exploration and experimentation. A sense of engagement continues during gaming. Computer games allow players to be stakeholders in the events that occur on the screen. Increasingly, there are a number of games being developed that help people learn about the issues involved in sustainable development. Besides which …. they are fun!
Study: games can teach us a lot about sustainability
Sustainability gamification has already taken its place in the corporate and education realms, but now scientists want in on some of the fun action too. Thanks to a new paper in the Journal of Cleaner Production we have the first systematic review of how serious games can support sustainability education and contribute to necessary change.
Visit the Games4Sustainability blog and get inspired by stories of sustainability professionals, academics and organizations that applied social simulations and games in their areas of activity. Browse the Gamepedia and find a perfect match for your needs from among 100+ games and simulations arranged by the Sustainable Development Goals.
The fish game
This game developed by the Cloud Institute gives you 10 days to catch as many fish as you can. The money you make from these fish will need to support your family for the next month. Each fish nets $2.