Propaganda and Gaming

Today in class you are going to explore one of three online games related to energy use, conservation, air pollution, and global climate change.  While you are playing the games, you should be looking for certain things from our propaganda discussion.  For example:

  • Who sponsored the creation of the game?  What stake do they have in environmental education?
  • What types of “in-game” activities make you most successful? Are these tied to the sponsor in any way?
  • What are some of the actual conservation tips that you learned during the game?
  • Are there specific uses of any of the propaganda techniques we discussed in class: hiding negative info, sensationalism, “twisting” the truth?

The Games

Electrocity – This one is a SimCity style game where you have 150 turns to create a city with a large population which is also environmentally friendly.  Choose the best ways to balance taxes, happiness, environment, and population growth to get the highest overall rating as mayor after your 150 turns.  When you finish a game, use the teacher code: TW11152 to notify me of your score.

Energyville – This game focuses more on the sources of energy for your city.  Select sources to power your city while keeping the environmental impact low.  Certain energy sources may be more effective than others. Try out many different combinations to create the best city.

ClimWay – Follow the link, and click PLAY beside The ClimWay Game.  This game focuses on decision-making to control the impact of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emitted from various sources around a city.  Probably the most in-depth of the three games. Please note, in order to see the full options for the game, your browser needs to be in Fullscreen Mode. To do this, press F11.

After playing your game, comment on this post with information from the bullets above.  Your comment should be in complete sentences, focused on the content of the game (not the gameplay or graphics), any potential bias or propaganda, and the actual conservation information you learned.

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