This game provides players with an opportunity to develop empathy for the struggles many go through trying to make ends meet.
SPENT is a good game for providing an opening for further discussion on poverty, homelessness, and the general struggles people have making ends meet these days. The game helps develop a sense of empathy as you become invested in the character you play as while you make difficult decisions.
How I Use It
My students create choose your own adventure games for my game design and development class. This is a great example to highlight the possibilities of the choose your own adventure genre. Students can model this and create a similar game with a social purpose in mind. In addition, we can discuss the impact of games with a social purpose as a valid game type to create.