A Better World, a Facebook game that rewards players not just for in-game activities but also for real world acts of kindness and expressions of gratitude, has soared to more than 120,000 players.
This game was an interesting one. In doing some research it seems like the game was popular with women, but I have to say that I found many redeeming properties to it as well. What was nice about the game was the fact that it was not merely a brainless banter. Instead, this game makes you look at yourself and what you would do to if given a chance to make a difference.
Each portion of the game is there to help you find ways in which to raise one’s self-esteem. I found this to be true as in many of the games it encourages doing more for others and to make positive choices in your daily life. I can say as a father that these are all things that I want my own daughters to learn and if a game (online or otherwise) can help with this process, if should definitely be one to consider for everyone’s family.
The game offers more than 15 locations for community members to explore, including the:
- Department of Do Good – A place you can share real world good deeds you’ve performed and see what other members of the community have done
- Gratitude Grotto – A charming area where you can reveal what you are thankful for and express your support for messages left by others
- Sanctuary of Hope – A building where you can communicate your hopes and dreams and send encouragement to other players
- Arcade – A play area with uplifting mini-games to enjoy alone or with friends
- A new feature is the Better Pets Pet Shop, filled with adorable puppies, cute kittens or even a magical unicorn
This game was developed by ToonUps, a digital entertainment company that has focused on developing digital content that encourages a positive outlook and altruistic behavior for more than a decade.
ToonUps hopes A Better World’s original approach could usher in a new genre of “do good gaming.” Research shows that being encouraged to think about things they are thankful for and doing activities that provide encouragement to others improves their mental, emotional and spiritual well being.
For me, I found this game to be fun, engaging and meaningful. I found the messages that it contained inspirational and I could tell that these would definitely be ones that I would want to share with my own kids, as they related much to giving back and making a difference, two things that I feel strongly about! If you feel this was as well, I encourage you to go and check out this new game today!
Play A Better World at http://www.facebook.com/ABetterWorld
I was given the opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions on A Better World. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.