Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Games for Good Causes

A friend introduced me to the Jayisgames blog about a week ago. This blog highlights a bunch of fun and free internet games. As I was looking through his archives, I came across a game called Free Rice that I found very interesting. It is a simple game that asks you to identify the definitions of various words. For every definition you guess correctly, 10 grains of rice is donated to the United Nations to help end world hunger.

This got me thinking... I began to wonder about other games out there which are dedicated to some type of social change. I did a bit of searching and came across a few games that I find to be very interesting and devoted to a good cause. A lot of these games come from the website, Games for Change, which is entirely dedicated to these so called "serious" web games. Check below for a few of the games that really caught my eye.

WFP FoodForce
A game sponsored by the United Nation's World Food Programme which raises awareness about chronic hunger in the world.

Recycle City
A game sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency which promotes recycling!

I-95 Virtual Incident Management
The CATT lab at the University of Maryland is working with the I-95 Corridor Coalition to create a game that will train emergency personnel how to handle an accident situation on Interstate 95. Find out more about the project here and click the image below to download a demo of the game.