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Podcast #19 – Four Reviews of Global Issues Video Games

October 5th, 2007 by Dave · No Comments

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This week I discuss four global issues video games: Stop Disasters, What Would You Do?, Food Force, and Darfur is Dying. I reviewed Stop Disasters a few days ago and plan to review the others in more detail soon.

In the meantime, here’s a brief rundown:

Stop Disasters – Students attempt to protect a village from one of five natural disasters. Includes a lot of reading and good vocabulary words. Could be used for group discussions as part of a unit on natural disasters or climate change. Made by the UN. The website also features teaching materials on each of the natural disasters.

What Would You Do? – Students make relationship choices that either increase or decrease their characters risk of getting AIDS/HIV. In addition to teaching about AIDS prevention, this game also includes tips on decision making. Again, this game focuses on reading. Made by UNICEF.

Food Force – A game dealing with world hunger and food aid. In my opinion, it features too much arcade play and not enough integrated content. The educational content is mostly presented in cut scenes which can be skipped with a mouseclick. One positive thing is that there is a lot of listening in this game, and the voices included feature a variety of accents. Made by the UN.

Darfur is Dying – A lousy game made by MTV. The game play is awkward and dull, and there seems to be little if any educational value. Please let me know if I’m missing something.

I also mention EFL Classroom 2.0, the Ning network I recently joined. I finish with a reminder that National Novel Writing Month is coming up fast.

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