Meaningful Play 2016 at Michigan State University

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TitleParticipatory Game Design for Life Skills in Rural India: A Multi-Site Case Study
Presenter(s)Sreeram Kongeseri, Srividya Sheshadri, Alexander Muir, Christopher Coley and Rao R Bhavani
SessionIndigenous and Participatory Games
TimeFriday, October 21, 1:00p-2:00p
LocationLake Ontario
FormatPaper Presentation
DescriptionWe present a game concept designed to teach life skills in rural India: ​Abhi Ya Kabhi (AYK, pronounced ah­BEE ya ka­BEE) meaning “If not now, then when?” This concept has been designed in a highly participatory process with forty participants in five rural village sites across five states in India. The concept includes a light strategy game for people with low to middle general literacy, as well as low game literacy. The rural Indian population is mostly at or below the poverty line, and wrestles with multiple “wicked problems.” Our participatory model is designed to be contextually sensitive and maximally productive for the target communities.
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