Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kudos -- a game about recovering and finding life choices

Actually posted August 31, 2008, back dated to avoid conflicts.

Well, we got evacuated, so I'm back early.

"It's on April 24th, 2008. You are 20 years old and single. Tonight is your twentieth birthday. You live alone in a small flat in Slough, a suburb of London, England. Somehow you left school without any qualifications to speak of, and you have a dead end job with no future. What are you going to do with your life? and what will you have achieved by your thirtieth birthday?"

Kudos is the life-simulation game developed by Cliffski (Positech Games, Makers of Democracy). It's a game of social relationships and choices, available on PC and Mac.

Lots of kids find themselves about twenty or so, no direction, and being dragged down by the slackers and parasites around them that they have chosen over their family and loved ones. Flunking out of school, unable to even finish an American Heritage class.

This is a game that helps them think about where they are going with their life now that they are on their own and where they might have gone if they had made other choices. Great for your pre-teen when looking at life around them.