Ayiti: The Cost of Life - Insulting or Educating?
Not all games are the same. Some are video games played by people who have a lot of stress. They use video games to help relieve the excess stress. Others seem to be designed to entertain people. They are trying to get a positive response from the people playing the games. They want to know that the person playing the game had enjoyed it and would be willing to buy games made by the same maker or a sequel in the game series. While some are played simply for something to do, or basically to relieve boredom. Whatever game it is, the goals are always the same to make a lot of money for the companies and to entertain the people playing it. I enjoy playing video games because i can have fun playing almost any game. I mostly enjoy fighting games, shooting games, or strategic games. I enjoy fighting and shooting because they are just fun, but i like strategic because you av to use your head a little to get to the next part of the game.
I spend a lot of time playing Grand Theft Auto, or Ninja Gaiden. Some games i like to play are Halo 1, Halo 2, Halo 3, Ninja Gaiden, and Band Hero. I enjoy playing all these games because you can play each one, except Ninja Gaiden, with more that one person.. I love to play the guitar in Band Hero, in Band Hero you can also play the bass, drums or sing,when I'm successful in this game and get higher than a 95% i feel that i have improved in playing the game. I enjoy knowing that I'm one step closer to Beating the Halo series on Legendary or unlocking all the achievements in the game to being a winner. If I happen to lose, I do what any other player would do. I tell myself that I'll just try again. I keep coming back to these games because they are alot of fun just to play and i can play with other people to have even more fun.
Recently, I've been spending some time playing the game Ayiti: The Cost of Life. This is a game in which you have to play as the father, mother, 2 sons, and daughter to help them survive over a four year time span. The goal of the game is to make sure at your family can survive. This is a goal easier said than done. Whenever you tend to make a lot of money something bad always happens. Sometimes you get robbed, you have to put the children in school, or a family member gets sick and you have to put them in the hospital. By the end of the game, if you are lucky enough to make to the end of the fourth year, the game tells you what kind of life each family member had and if they were happy.
The first time you play the game, you are completely confused. It really isn't until the third or fourth time when the game starts to get repetitive that you truly realize how to get the characters to work and make money to survive.As you play the game you begin to get a slightly better understanding of the life the people in Haiti have.
There are times when you are playing this game that you want to quit. You don't want to waste money by celebrating holidays or go to the hospital. But you keep going because you gte frustrated and want to finish the game. So you keep playing, keep trying. Trying to game money so that everyone has a happy and long life.
In the course of playing this game I learned more about the issues of life in Haiti. I have learned about all the sickness' that people can catch from working. another thing you can learn is how much money you need to survive. and that you need to be safe from attacks by outsiders.
In my opinion, this is not a good way to learn about these issues. By playing this game it seems as if it is a joke to the Haitian people. The game makes them seem a little primitive. They don't earn too much money making it difficult for them to lead a good life Games should be a larger component of education depending on the education purpose. Some are used to teach another language which is very helpful but other justseem to mock a specific lifestyle.