Neocolonialism

Play Neocolonialism, the PC game where you can manipulate global finances, enslave humanity, and trash the planet in order to become filthy stinking rich.

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Neocolonialism is a unique multi-player (suggested being played between 3 and 6 players), strategy game where each is trying to out-do the other, whereby you are competing against several of the players with common destructive globalization goals: buying national sovereign bonds, influencing governments, corrupting the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the global financial watchdog institution. Neocolonialism is a game of world domination. Players will attempt to conquer the world by installing “puppet” governments, buying-off countries by paying whatever it takes to lobby for your self-serving interests, buying votes extracting national resource wealth, exploiting the working class and backstabbing whenever you can.

Players will gain insights into how globalization affects economic geography. Your role as a destructive, narcissistic, self-serving, omnipotent-type, socio-economic dominating “control-freak” is: to manipulate the current state of the global economy. You will find yourself pillaging as much money out of the world as you possibly can, all for your own self-serving, personal profit gain. Employing nuclear weapons is fortunately not in the equation; however, you may impose monetary austerity packages which are an all-too familiar reality in today’s global economies. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to play the role of “the bad guy”, then playing Neocolonialism is your opportunity.

Neocolonialism: Ruin Everything has an “upside-down”, topsy-turvy mentality, so it is quite fitting that it is formatted with a misguided view with a world map that has you view countries “upside-down”. It is a very fitting analogy for a counterproductive world-destroying, negative-thinking philosophy which you, as player will be representing when you assume the role task of trying to do as much harm as possible to the world while bearing in mind that your eyes are always on the “bottom-line”: to grow your numbered Swiss bank account while you assume your role of a power-hungry, greedy “control-freak” type of person.

Democracy 3

Democracy 3 has you take on the challenge of  being the leader of a country while dealing with complex issues, political opponents and global challenges.

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Experience the role of President or Prime Minister of a country trying to achieve your vision for your country. You will be dealing with issues such as: unemployment, crime, national debt, terrorism, climate change, health, poverty, and education. You will also be facing the challenges of immigration policies, oil demand, transportation and traffic congestion, internet censorship, unions, bankers’ bonuses and pandemics. You will find that everything is interconnected making your leadership role very complex and challenging. Find out if you are up to the task of being a micro manager national leader with the goal of lasting your term of office and achieving re-election.

Players find themselves changing a country by shaping its path. You have options for countries to lead: United Kingdom; France; Germany; United States; Australia; Canada. Changing a country in a different direction will be a challenge as you deal with political opponents and lobbying groups, the global economy, monitoring by credit rating agencies, debt and interest levels, national and global events that impact your country.

A Quarterly Report will be provided showing you policy issue choices and their outcomes, showing you the outcome impacts of your implemented policy decisions. For example, your trade policy may affect Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which will have a rippling affect, impacting unemployment, poverty and crime, which in turn will impact your country’s tourism and ultimately alter the GDP.

A Focus Group feature will let you look at individual voters to see how they came to a decision to show their support by voting for you, or deciding to reject you by voting against you. Focus Voting Groups are located in the center of the screen, and consist of:

Socialist – Liberal – Retired – Capitalist – Religious – Motorist – Commuter – Environmentalist – Trade Unionist – Self-Employed – Poor – Middle-Income – Wealthy – State Employees – Parents – Farmers – Ethnic/Minorities – Conservatives – Youth – Patriot

A meter is provided for each group indicating how they feel about your policies that affect them.

Everything is connected. For example, the Capitalist voting group is influenced by the Capital Gains Tax, Unemployment Benefits, Private Prisons and Pollution Controls. Concerning the issue of crime as an example, players will find, for example, that education mitigates crime, whereas alcohol abuse contributes to it.

You will be provided with a Detailed Policy Model. Each policy or law in the game has a Slider feature which players manipulate allowing you to fine-tune its intensity to get the balance just right, which allows you to alter policies. You will be given feedback on all your decisions.

 

A series of Equations imbedded within the game allows the same policy to have different effects on each voter group at various points in the slider.

Game Circle Icons -are shown in 4 colors:

 

Blue: provides statistics and the impact of various policies from CO2 emissions to transportation
modes

White: manipulates government policy decisions, such as: gun laws, inheritance taxes, food
stamp programs

Red and Green: show ongoing situations, or the effects of your policies. Try to eliminate red
circles and create green ones.

 

6 Quadrants – transect the circles, representing aspects of government, such as: law and order, social policy and taxes

Graphs: show the causes and effects of policies and issues

The screen alters as you change policies which produces new situations for players to manage.

Experience the challenges facing you as leader of all 6 countries.

Ayiti

Ayiti is a social economic development game based on preventing poverty in Haiti.

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You get to help a Haitian family in their efforts to obtain an education for their children and improve their quality of life, during a 4 year period, involving Rainy, Summer, Hurricane and Dry seasons. Situations will develop which will change the conditions of the family Ayiti” is “Haiti in Haitian Creole.

The game shows the significance of education in reducing poverty and inequality, improving health and social well-being, being the cornerstone for sustained economic growth, facilitating the building of democratic societies and globally competitive economies and the means by which people can attain basic human rights and equal opportunities. It provides an overview of poverty in Haiti and the affects of living in poverty in Haiti and a family’s struggles to obtain education and improve its overall quality of life.

Players select strategies from 4 categories:

Health – the most important factor to take care of. If the whole family dies, you lose the
game.

Happiness – is attained by watching your health, getting some education and working hard

Education – is of primary importance. It is how you acquire better jobs and win the game.

Money – the way to win the game. Try to make as much money as possible.

Each family member has a set of statistics in 3 areas of significance: Wellness – general health; Happiness – emotional well-being and Education – current education. Players work through all seasons dealing in these 3 strategy areas. Due to unexpected illnesses, accidents or the death of a family member, children may have to skip school to earn money to help support the family due to prevailing hardships.
Work choices are: Farm Hand; Volunteer by helping NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in community service projects trying to alleviate poverty in Haiti; Mechanic Assistant and Construction Worker. Some jobs are unpleasant, and some you are unqualified for or lack the necessary educational requirements. Players also make choices involving areas such as:

Family Farm – working the farm to make money so that you are not living in poverty

Rest at Home – which helps avoid illness and stress but doesn’t have you earning money

School – making choices about schools Private ‘Lottery’ School, as opposed to Protestant School and their varying qualities of education

Hospital – choosing health care options between clinic or hospital, and attempting to obtain serious, but costly medicine with a high cure rate

Store – when you make money you can buy:

  • Toys – for your children’s enjoyment
  • Home Remedies – medicinal tea
  • Books and Supplies – to help with education
  • New Shoes – to make work significantly easier
  • School Uniforms – to help your children get into a better school
  • Radio – to obtain news and entertainment
  • Bicycle – to travel a greater distance in a day which will open up new opportunities to alleviate living in poverty in Haiti
  • Bed – a family bed will give the family better rest and improve your quality of life
  • Livestock – generates extra family income, easing poverty in Haiti
  • Interior Plumbing – improves sanitary conditions
  • Home Computer – facilitates education and improves happiness
  • New House – which will be in better shape than the old home, provide more space for your family, improving quality of life

The family also has a monthly budget total of expenses involving: school tuition; living conditions; and items in the store. Running out of money has serious consequences, since the family runs out of food and a downward spiral ensues. Your mission is to try to keep the family healthy and happy for the 4 year period. The game is over if both parents die. However, if they survive, your success is measured in terms of the education your family receives. The more baccalaureates in your family the better you were able to assist them.

After each season players a breakdown of their: Starting Money, Earned Money, Spent Money and the Grand Total

Players acquire information about:

Education in Haiti – where it is a challenge to obtain an education with many obstacles to overcome: the physical challenges of getting to school, having to navigate through rugged and often dangerous areas; the prohibitive financial cost for many. Inadequate
school facilities and resources are prevalent. Often parents themselves are poorly educated and therefore, unable to assist their children with their school work, and usually unable to afford tutoring.

Global Kids – Players learn about NGOs (non-governmental organizations and not-for-profits like UNICEF, OXFAM), and Global Kids whose initiatives and programs are a catalyst for transforming urban youth into successful students and community and global leaders, offering scholarships to attend college for students who participate in its activities.

Playing 4 Keeps (P4K) – a Global Kids led youth media program teaching leadership, peer education skills and media programs which develop and produce social awareness games, including “Ayiti”.

Pandemic 2

Pandemic 2 is a global pandemic game where you create a virus, bacteria, or parasite in order to destroy mankind.

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Pandemic 2 is a disease simulation game where you play the role of a virus, bacteria, or parasite: 3 different disease classes, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Viruses are fast evolving, intolerant to the environment, and highly infective. Bacteria are normal evolving, moderately effected by the environment, and resistant to drugs. Parasites are slow evolving, least affected by the environment, and carry low visibility. As your disease infects more people, you will collect Evolution Points as you evolve the disease. These points can be used to purchase upgrades to your particular disease.

Your mission, and goal in playing Pandemic 2, is to create a global disease pandemic that infects everyone on Earth, and eventually wipes out mankind. You need to evolve your disease to make it increasingly more and more deadly. To do this, you will have to set up the perfect conditions for your disease to spread around the globe before nations decide to close their borders and quarantine their citizens. Use your Evolution Points in Pandemic 2to purchase various symptoms such as: coughing, vomiting and sneezing. As you earn more points you can unlock three additional tiers, each with a brand new batch of symptoms. In the final tier, you can select life-threatening symptoms such as: liver failure, heart failure, blindness, hypotonic, and encephalitis. Along with new symptoms, you have the option to purchase resistance to cold, heat, moisture and drugs. Upgrade your transmission to allow for the spread of the disease by rodents and insects. Your Pandemic 2 disease may become either airborne or waterborne.

Tutorials guide and educate you. You will learn about symptoms, resistances, transmissions and traits characteristic of the disease. Players are provided with a Mini Map facilitating the viewing any part of the world at any given time. View the progress of your disease on the global scale.Region Windows contain important information about countries, and information about any natural disasters and government activities affecting the region. Region Population Statistics and the status of regional services are included. World Window outlines: global populations; any vaccines in development; regions affected; regions where the entire population has been killed. Although the scientific community may attempt to develop a cure for your disease, success depends on drug resistance, the number of active hospitals in existence and your disease class. It will take time for worldwide deployment, with the possibility that it may not work, or may become immune to the disease. However, if the vaccine is successful, your disease will not be able to affect anyone else.

The governments in Pandemic 2 respond by closing airports, shipyards, hospitals, borders, transit, and schools. They will have the option of handing out water, masks, exterminating rodents, exterminating insects, enforcing curfews, implementing martial law, and burning dead bodiesPandemic 2 is an environmental game because it shows players what could happen if a worldwide pandemic really gets out of hand. Climate change, overcrowding, pour sanitary conditions, pour agricultural practices, weakened environment, and genetic engineering are some of the factors that could trigger the next global pandemic. In Pandemic 2, the evolution of a virus, bacteria, or parasite illustrates some of the worse case scenarios possible in the real world. It is the potential mutation or evolution in a disease that has the potential to turn a mild bug into a global killer.Pandemic 2 allows players to learn about a total of 25 different symptoms and their effects on humans.

Peter Packet

An environmental challenges and social awareness game teaching about AIDS in Zimbabwe, clean water in Haiti and helping children to attend school in India.

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Peter Packet is an environmental and social awareness game challenging Peter, the game’s action-figure, to deliver important life-saving messages using the computer, while navigating computer threats and overcoming obstacles involving: Hackers, Viruses and Route disruptions, while reinforcing Internet skills and computer terminology. Players learn information about social and environmental challenges in 3 countries in the developing world.

The player can choose from 2 levels of difficulty: beginner and advanced, from 3 countries: Haiti, Zimbabwe and India. Peter is challenged to send computer messages about clean water problems in Haiti; help prevent the spread of AIDS and HIV in Zimbabwe, and help children attend school in India.

Players learn that many people have died of AIDS and been exposed to HIV in Zimbabwe. Peter has the mission of helping to spread the word about this disease and get international aid. Players learn about the problems of lack access to clean drinking water in Haiti caused by years of environmental degradation from the harmful practice of intensive clear-cutting of trees, resulting in pollution and saltwater contamination. Peter has the mission of educating about the importance of affordable water filtration systems and children being able to attend schools. Players learn that one girl must forgo school because she has to walk 3 to 4 miles to obtain clean drinking water for her family. Peter has the mission of sending the message of helping children attend school in India. The player learns that 115 million children throughout the world are denied access to schools.

Karma Tycoon

Run your own non-profit organization (NGO). Run a homeless shelter, animal shelter, performing arts center, and youth center to strengthen your ‘karma’.

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In this game you get to run your own non-profit organization (NGO). As you increase “the good” you do, you will earn more ‘karma’.  The more ‘karma’ you obtain, the easier it is for you to get grants and earn money. Once you have enough money, you can improve your facility by purchasing items and equipment, and build other facilities as well. The game is relatively difficult, because you start off having to pay $5,500 a month in fees. Of that:  $2,700 is for payroll, $1,400 for rent, $800 for utilities, and $650 for supplies. You will also have to pay an increased monthly rate if you have credit card charges and/or loan payments.

Players start off in beginning mode in Columbus Ohio with $35,000. Your mission is to run a homeless shelter, animal shelter, performing arts center, seniors’ center, or youth center. You will have a variety of items and equipment to purchase, along with a $5000 start-up cost. For the homeless shelter, you will have options for a front desk, area for job training, library, infirmary, dining area, kitchen, bathroom, and beds. You will use the scrollbar to select how much you need of each item or piece of equipment. The more you select. the more you will have to purchase.

In the grants’ section you have numerous grants to choose from. Each will require a certain level of ‘karma’, a specific amount of money, and a minimum amount of facilities. Grants are useful because you don’t have to pay them off unlike credit charges or loans, and they help you with monthly expenses and start-up cost. While playing the game you will receive donations from the community. The higher your ‘karma’ rating, the easier it will be to receive donations and be accepted for grants. You cannot run a deficit for more then a month or you will lose. Give Karma Tycoon a try. Play the game.

Better Business Game

Better Business Game is the online questionnaire for the environmentally conscious CEO.

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The Better Business Game is comprised of a selection of multiple choice questions in which you, the CEO of a company, must comply. You get the choice between a flash version and non-flash version. You will be pulled in many directions, as you try and satisfy various company stakeholders. This is to try and simulate real world dilemmas that business people are faced with everyday. Would you have a different approach? Try it out. See how the five stakeholders act differently: shareholders, neighbors, employees, customers, and pressure groups. For each question you will have 3 questions to choose from.

Darfur is Dying

Play Darfur is Dying to find out what it is like to survive as a child in Darfur. You half to obtain food, build shelters, collect water, and stay healthy.

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This game lets you experience the harsh reality of what it is like trying to survive day to day in Darfur. In the opening of the game you have to select a character you will use to fetch water for the community. They tell you to select a kid, so that there is less chance they will be shot down by rebels. You start by running through the desert looking for a well, all the time being chased by rebels who will kill you. Once you have the water, you return to the refugee camp where your role is to help as many people as you can survive, including yourself. You have to obtain food, help build shelters, collect water, and stay healthy. Your mission is to try and avoid the Janjaweed, and maintain a functioning camp for 7 days.

Sim Sweatshop

Sim Sweatshop educates you about the conditions of people working in sweatshops in developing countries.

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This game gets you hooked from the start even though it is simple and repetitive. If you don’t have time to read a 300 page book on sweatshops, by playing games like these, you learn the knowledge of the conditions people are subjected to working in the sweatshops of developing countries. It teaches you the economic and social aspects of living in a developing nation, trying to make a living working in a shoe factory. You have to slave away doing 12 hour shifts just to put food on the table and support your family.  It is possible to save a bit of money and improve your condition, but in reality you are mostly living day by day.

The standard wage is $6.05 for twelve hours, but you can’t make any mistakes or you will get deductions, or worse. Trying to form a union might have harmful repercussions. Once your energy levels fall below 48%, it is suggested that you should purchase a meal and a drink. A meal will cost you $1.49, and a drink is $0.29. This leaves you with very little money to take home, if anything at all.