Teachers can use Fate of the World as a part of a larger lesson on global studies. It would have the most usefulness if preceeded by broad lessons on world regions, trends, historical choices, and political climate. They can also use it as a platform for a variety of reasoning and long-term strategy exercises.
Extending play into current events would also be an excellent bridge into research and sustainable design projects. Students could take the issue the game engages with and prepare research briefs about the current state of political and scientific developments. Students could then use that information to propose solutions to the problems from either local or global perspectives.Continue reading Show less
Fate of the World: Tipping Point is a complex, turn-based strategy game in which players take care of the needs of a growing world population. Players can influence an area with their actions, but it isn't a direct cause-effect action. Everything is interrelated and extremely complicated. Players accept one of nine missions with challenging and dire goals like world peace, population survival, using renewable resources, and keeping Africa sustainable and functional. Each mission has certain win-or-lose conditions. Completing missions requires flexible thinking and the ability to form a strategy around constantly shifting variables. Students have to find a balance among civil unrest, ecological impact, and the safety and satisfaction of the world's citizens. They also must manage resources; money; emissions; supply and demand of oil, coal, and electricity; political intrigue; and more.
A turn consists of using money to recruit people to whom students assign tasks written on different categories of cards. There are six types of cards, and unlocking the first of each type lets players access other cards in that area. Tasks influence what will happen in that region next. Players then progress the game by five years and reassess the situation, determining the next most viable course of action to meet their goal.Continue reading Show less
Students succeed if they can understand and consider the political, economical, societal, technological, and ecological situations in each region and make wise decisions about dealing with them. Many strategies can be used, including trial and error or prioritizing different elements (such as making citizens happier or increasing sustainability). Students learn how to integrate a lot of information into their strategy, but they're kept on their toes: Each mission requires a different strategic approach.
The depth and breadth of content is where Fate of the World shines. Covering everything from coal shortages to martial law and consumerism, students will juggle so many factors that dozens of actions in many combinations can move the game along. Each combination of factors is unique to the region, so students have to evaluate each factor and region individually. It's similar to playing multiple games at once, each of which affects the others, while finding a balance among them. Because content is based on actual science, students can evaluate the cause and direct effects of events, which they can apply to other subjects in the future.
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Key Standards Supported
Earth and Human Activity
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem.
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