Video Game as Learning Tool

It’s an interesting idea–using a computer game to provide education about genocide. That’s what mtvU has done with Darfur is Dying, “a narrative-based simulation where the user, from the standpoint of a displaced Darfurian, negotiates forces that threaten the survival of his or her refuge camp. It offers a faint glimpse of what it’s like for the more than 2.5 million who have been internally displaced by the crisis in Sudan.”

I played it a couple times and found it fascinating, but not fun. Within 30 seconds of playing the 1st round, I got this screen:


Like I said, not fun. But it’s a thought-provoking alternative to the gruesome video clips that are so prevalent on the Web. I’m still on the fence with this one–let me know what you think…