Goal: Use video games and other artistic means to represent veterans’ stories.
Description: Students worked with the veterans gaming organization, StackUp, to interview and learn more about veterans’ lives and the issues they face (PTSD, anxiety, re-adapting to society, recognition, etc.) Students then prototyped storyboards to communicate these issues through video games using RPGMaker MV. Further, students were introduced to the history of roleplaying games.
By creatively interpreting these stories, students had to tackle complex, meaningful issues in a serious manner - while ensuring that the experience was engaging and interesting. Students developed elaborate ideas which they presented at a “gaming expo”, where their games were donated to raise money for StackUp.
Subject: American History, Government
Grade Level: 9th