Establishing a Point of View
It could be a game called Reality. Each player starts out with a set of goals that focus on such things as the family, a new house, the church, a job promotion, civic improvement, or retirement plans. Then each draws a major problem--which may or may not appear as an obstacle to those goals. The players must figure out solutions to the problems they have drawn, and afterward the game gadget tells them whether they have helped or hindered their struggle to achieve the chosen goals.
The players are ordinary U.S. citizens working hard to create a better life for themselves and for their children. In doing so, however, they make choices that intersect with a complex set of world conditions.
The first participant, Ronald Wilson-- husband, father of three, manager of a hardware store in a small Midwestern town--draws a problem: the urban crisis. The parts of the problem are listed: declining tax base for the cities, spiraling costs of maintaining essential services, racial disturbances, crime, unemployment, swelling welfare rolls, and spreading slums. Wilson's choice: Let the cities work