I found another interesting (and free!) hunger-related game on the Internet. It’s called 3rd World Farmer
It’s not particularly new, so you socially-minded gamers out there are
probably rolling your eyes at this post. But as one who doesn’t find the
time to hang in the gaming world, I’m enjoying this discovery.
Well, maybe enjoying isn’t the right word. The game simulates
life for a family of African farmers. You make decisions about what
crops to plant, equipment or livestock to buy, whether to pay for school
and medicines, etc. Then you’re told how your decisions turned out.
Armed with that information, you tally up your household’s money,
equipment, and health, and you make new decisions for the next year. On
the whole, there’s lots of bad news and it’s kind of frustrating. Yet I
found I wanted to keep trying. Hope springs eternal, after all.
I learned about the game on gamepolitics blog
and as the author wrote, “It’s not fair and it’s not fun but perhaps
that is the point.” The creators (university students in Copenhagen)
suggest using it to start discussions, and I can easily see how it
could! They also suggest using it to spur action. I think it could do