Games offer unique possibilities for people to engage with the big issues of our time
The potential of games in governance simulations
This is where games can come in. Games offer unique possibilities for people to engage with the big issues of our time. They are a huge part of today’s media landscape – arguably more so than films. Different societal actors are now exploring how they can be used for large-scale political change efforts.
Uniquely, games allow players to directly engage with complex systems and the stories that they create. Games, especially (multi-player) role-playing games, combine a focus on ‘rules’ to represent the dynamics of a system, and ‘roles’ through which players can engage with a system from different subjective perspectives. This combination of roles and rules makes them specifically valuable for simulations of (future) systems of governance.
A groundbreaking new ground-breaking methodological approach
The new research project, called ‘ANTICIPLAY’, will look at how the participatory designing of games can help conceive and frame current systems of governance and their sustainability challenges, as well as future governance alternatives, to develop a new ground-breaking methodological approach – game co-design for anticipatory governance.