My game was created to put an individual in a scenario where they are a managing partner of a law firm. The law firm is backed by many different investors and expect you to begin to make returns. You are given options to pick from in order to make money for your firm. However, there are some cases that appeal to your emotional side. The idea of the game was inspired by a TV show called “Suits” which follows two lawyers that have different mentalities when approaching cases. This made me wonder what I would do, so I decided to create a game to know what you would when put in that scenario.
One of the main learning experiences that resonated with me was the discussion about discrimination and stereotypes. It made me realize that it is a common misconception that everyone experiences yet is rarely addressed. Plus, there are stereotypes that are more common than others and through the discussion it taught me how to empathize with other forms of stereotypes that are discriminated against which are not as acknowledged as others. Another interesting thought that came to mind when learning about this topic is the fact that one can be bias towards a stereotype. That means that it’s possible one can feel like their stereotype is more offensive than others disregarding the fact that each person has their own reaction and emotions to whatever degree they feel. Those kinds of people lack the important skill of empathy. Discussing different people’s opinions allowed me to open up and start to take other perspectives into consideration. Not only was I learning about empathy towards the topic of discrimination and stereotypes, but I was also learning empathy towards other people’s experiences and opinions during the discussion.
Spent is a game played based on testing our ability to control and spend money. We were given an initial budget and we selected a job. The game then simulates series of rounds, were you have different scenarios that you must decide how much money to spend and whether or not you think its worth it. Throughout the game they also created unexpected hiccups in order to see how we would financial manage ourselves and our families.
The BBC Syrian refugee journey game also posed a number of difficult decisions in order to guide your family safe passage to Europe. It begins by you deciding which route you take initially, followed by a series of drastic incidents that require you to save yourself and your family. This game required, in my opinion, a lot less strategic thinking then Spent, as I believe it was more straightforward in which decisions were needed to be made.
For Spent I enjoyed the mental thought required to succeed in the game. I felt challenged and was put in scenarios where I was on the fence between a few situations. As for the BBC Syrian refugee journey, I enjoyed the realistic scenarios and the user-friendly setup of the game.
Playing the game Spent was mostly an enjoyable experience; however, the game was pretty long. I feel that if the game had been shorter it would’ve been perfected. For the BBC Syrian refugee journey game, I felt as though the options that were given to me were pretty straightforward in the decision-making process. If the game had implemented more difficult decisions and stimulated my mind more, I feel that I would’ve enjoyed it more.
The BBC Syrian refugee journey game made me feel a sense of sympathy towards the Syrian people. Obviously, there is no way that I could ever feel the same way as the Syrian refugees, however, it showed the difficult decisions that may arise from their escape from Syria. In Spent, I felt a sense of responsibility as there was a low budget to work with and you are providing for a family, not just yourself. The game was realistic which made me feel genuinely worried that my budget would finish.
The twitter scavenger hunt that the class took part consisted of each individual creating a twitter account and posting on it pictures that were difficult to recognise at first. Each picture posted by each student was either a close up of an object or a surrounding. After the photos were posted, we each searched the hashtag #unboundeq in order to find other posts and comment what we thought each item was. We were then told if we answered correctly by our peers. The handling of twitter was straightforward for me, as I use twitter on a daily basis. The activity we took part in was enjoyable, as we got to interact with each other more and interact with people from around the world. I feel as though the rest of my classmates benefited as well, as some of them were unfamiliar with using twitter. Overall, I believe that the activity and the use of twitter was a enjoyable and beneficial experience.