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Migration Game Idea

Posted in Serious Game Project with tags , , on January 29, 2017 by sierraphantom


In our first group project for Serious Game Project, we were told to come up with an idea for a game on migration. We decided to focus on the side of immigrants trying to move to another country as one of our group members has personal experience with a dangerous journey like this. One of the first ideas that came to mind was an Oregon Trail kind of game, but on the ocean.

In the game, you play as the captain of the boat. You have a group of people board the boat and have some supplies to start with. Once in a while, you will have prompts come up with an event that happens, like damage to the ship, or has a choice. Your choice could either make something good or bad happen.

Along the way there will also be risky minigames that can help get more resources and possible hurt your passengers. The game will be intentionally hard, to reflect on how hard it is to actually leave your country and seek refuge in another in this matter.


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Posted in Serious Game Project with tags on January 23, 2017 by sierraphantom


Dys4ia is a great example of a serious game covering a topic that needs to be talked about more. In this game, you go through bursts of different kinds of gameplay while learning about the struggles trans women go through. This game is not the end all be all of what all trans women go through, but the experience of specifically the creator of this game, as every trans person’s experience is different.

As you play, you see how she deals with her dysphoria, doctors, taking hormones, and her own self confidence. The game combines quick mini-games and text to get her struggles across. The fact that the game is broken down into fast mini-game segments makes it easier to give the player more information as well as hold their attention. I think it’s a great game to help inform people who are not part of the trans community.