I explored one of the water cooler games and one that caught my attention was the Somalia pirate game. It is a political game that revolves around the Somalia pirate ship controversy. The the way to play the game, is to control a ship while avoiding threatening objects at sea. And the goal is to capture people to ransom for money. I found this game very interesting and cruel, since there have been people in real life, that have been abducted by this ships, only to lose their lives. I love playing video games, but some may have a bad message. However most of the games I play are very clean minded and just plain fun. I stick to Nintendo games, because I have been a fan since birth and most of the games that come from Nintendo are for all ages and have little to no violence.
I found these games to all contain a certain message that would somehow be soaked up by our subconscious as we played them. They simple, fun, and get a weird message across to the person who is playing them. I love video games very much, but I’m not sure these are what suit me. They are educational without a doubt, but they just do not appeal to me. The reason is because I found a lot of these games clunky looking overall and lacked a long lasting appeal. The controls were ok, but there was not much that really made me want to say, “This is awesome! I can play this thing for hours on end!”. But for about 30 minutes to an hour if you have some free time it is fine.
Water Cooler games and the website were both intriguing all in all. I definitely feel people obviously can and do learn from playing video games. I have learned a countless amount of information about fish and bugs and how museums work just by playing simple role playing games. Video games won’t rot your mind if you play wisely and don’t spend your entire life playing in front of a TV. The important thing that every video game has is a goal/mission to complete. Whether it is making a goal or slaying the monster, you have something to accomplish. This is where video games make their mark, by inspiring us to achieve something we believe we can do. The only problem is too many people like to accomplish goals in the fantasy world and not the real world.