Persuasive game design

Playing is learning. As we play, we immerse ourselves in alternate realities and take on different roles. In this safe and friendly environment we learn to operate with given or negotiated alternative rules, create elaborate what-if scenarios and test out hypotheses. By making decisions in someone else’s shoes, getting moved through engaging stories, learning about the underlying systems and forming optimal game strategies, the play activity can become impactful. We reflect on our worldview and can be ‘persuaded’ into attitudes and behavior that improves our quality of life.