Irl  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Irl  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 4 Games that Teach Real-Life Survival Skills https://www.gameskinny.com/43sc2/4-games-that-teach-real-life-survival-skills https://www.gameskinny.com/43sc2/4-games-that-teach-real-life-survival-skills Sun, 09 Apr 2017 18:00:01 -0400 ReverendShmitty

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Hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, zombies. Now you know how to survive them all. If you ever find yourself facing down Mother Nature or endless hordes of the undead in real life, the skills taught in these games may very well save your life. 

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Good luck out there. It's a dangerous world we live in. 

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7 Days to Die

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Yes, I know, this is a sudden jump. The last three games are for education and this one is a gory survival horror shooter. But stick with me. Let’s ignore the horror part and focus on the survival.

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Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland swarmed with flesh-eating zombies, players are forced to scavenge for supplies to stay alive. I don’t mean just finding weapons and ammo to kill our way out of trouble. You need food, water, and shelter; the three basics of survival.

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Some food, like meat, needs to be cooked before consuming or you’ll become ill. Water needs to be purified, either with tablets or by boiling -- unless, of course, you want dysentery. Getting too cold gives you hypothermia, and getting too hot heat stroke.

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All of which need to be treated in realistic ways. You can’t just down endless amounts of food and water to heal. While you do regulate thirst and hunger to remain healthy (especially when you've gotten sick), you actually need to regulate your body temperature by taking shelter and either removing or adding clothing.

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All of these things are very real issues you must contend with in an IRL survival situation, and facing them here can give you great insight on how to prepare for an emergency whenever it may happen.

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Stop Disasters

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A free flash game playable in-browser, Stop Disasters looks a lot like a Civilization game, except you're always playing the disaster mode from Sim City.  A strategy game at heart, Stop Disasters gives you a budget to spend on your community. Your job? Use that budget to survive whatever disaster comes your way. 

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This game differs from the previous two entries on this list because it play from a more mature, more macro perspective. It teaches adults what a group of people need to survive, as well as what they should do and where they should go in a disaster scenario. 

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Given your city budget, you decide what buildings to build and reinforce, what training your people should learn, and whether you should construct items such as weather warning systems or evacuation signs.

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The game gets very complicated quickly, leaving you to figure it out as you go. You constantly monitor your population and how many of citizens are housed, unhoused, and sheltered, while also keeping track of your available housing and the chance of a disaster striking. 

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Ultimately, Stop Disasters teaches you how to micromanage disaster scenarios on a macro scale.  

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Disaster Hero

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Developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Disaster Hero is a free online game meant to help educate children and parents on what to do before, during, and after particular disasters.

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The gameplay itself consists of various minigames that range from a Bubble Bobble-esque arcade game to dodging airborne debris as you fly straight ahead, while certain survival questions pop up periodically. Throughout the game, you battle against four disaster-incarnate characters named Tectonic (earthquakes), Tempest (hurricanes), Whirlwind (tornadoes), and Dr. Deluge (floods).

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Each nefarious villain you battle covers one subject specific to their character. And each posits questions like "What to do if trapped during an earthquake?", "Where do you take shelter during a storm?", "What should you have in an emergency supply kit?", and "How do you attract the attention of first responders?"

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Overall, Disaster Hero is a game that teaches you survival skills and critical thinking in a fun, engaging environment. 

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Disaster Master

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A free to play online game, Disaster Master follows a group of kids who are apparently hated by God himself. Why? Because they find themselves in pretty much every disaster scenario he -- or any other omnipotent power -- could throw at you.

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The game acts out a story, similar to a comic book, and periodically, you must click an option for what you think the group should do. What do you pack when evacuating? Only the essentials. Why are you leaving the lights on in the cabin? So they can be seen through the smoke billowing about outside. Where should you do during a tornado at school? A basement or narrow hallway.

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Each scenario asks you how you think the situation should be handled via multiple choice, then tracks how well you do throughout the game. Your score is tallied at the end to keep track of how well you do.

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Just read carefully. You're given a one word code at the end of each level and need to type it in the next window to move onto the next scenario. So, not only does Disaster Master teach you survival skills, it teaches you patience and observation skills, too. 

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The world is a scary place. Disease, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, famines, war. There are just so many ways your life could be suddenly turned upside down in ways you could never expect.

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Fortunately, in the day and age of the internet, we have access to the single largest source of information in history. So whether you’re looking for a way to educate your children or yourself, there are games out there to make learning easy -- and that also means learning how to survive. Really. 

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Don't believe me? Well, here are four games you can play right now that will teach you real-world survival skills -- without having to spend a week in the bush with Bear Grylls. Let's take a look. 

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What RPG Questlines Would Look Like in Real Life https://www.gameskinny.com/rsli3/what-rpg-questlines-would-look-like-in-real-life https://www.gameskinny.com/rsli3/what-rpg-questlines-would-look-like-in-real-life Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:00:01 -0500 Justin Michael

As someone who lives and breathes gaming, I have picked up a number of odd habits when it comes to how I view the world around me. Sometimes, when I'm out and about running my occasional errands I think of them as radiant quests -- not exactly important to progressing the main story of my life, but a fun distraction, nonetheless.

While doing things like spending time with friends, trying new restaurants or obnoxiously singing Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of your lungs after 4 whiskey and cokes are more like side quests. 

The point I'm trying to make is that, in many ways, we can translate our lives into questlines like in the RPGs that we play, and I think it makes things a lot more fun that way. I'm no longer just going to the gym, I'm raising my strength and endurance stats. All that studying for my programming exam? Just grinding XP so that I can raise my intelligence stats.

There is actually a field of study for this style of thinking, called Gamification, where basically all of the motivators that we have in video games are applied in some shape or form to our day-to-day lives.

[Gamification is] The application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service.

We see this with apps like Fitocracy, Habiticaand  Life RPG, which are all apps covering different aspects of our lives -- from fitness to productivity -- in ways that feel rewarding for accomplishing our set goals. Apps like these are awesome tools to help us to visualize our goals and track our progress in a way that makes our challenges fun (not to mention a way to showcase achievements and bragging rights).

So, what would an RPG quest look like in real life? Well, let's say that I needed to take my dog to the vet for her annual checkup. This is obviously an escort quest, but the company is a cute dog so I don't mind. We safely navigate the hectic traffic to make it to the vet's office -- our major obstacle/impediment being the crazy drivers honking at me as I (safely) weave in and out of traffic -- and while I'm there, I decide to get her a tasty treat as a reward, giving myself an optional side quest in the process. 

With treats purchased, it now becomes a matter of waiting for the timer to countdown to zero before she's finished with the vet and we can return home -- quest completed and rewards collected -- a healthy, although maybe not happy, man's best friend and a de-stressed owner (knowing his bestest pal is out of harm's way). 

In fact, it's so simple to relate our daily lives to RPG quests that it makes sense now why developers use that specific format for quests -- it just feels natural. Like a story, quests have a sequence of progression. First, you get the quest. It either comes from something you come up with, like becoming a better runner, or an external source, like my dog needing a checkup.  

From there, we have the progression of the quest -- running more in increasingly difficult terrain or getting my pooch to calmly sit in the backseat and hoping she doesn't shed all over everything.

In our daily lives, we are, or should be, in a constant state of progression. Much like my many Skyrim characters, it's not uncommon for us to have a number of quests in the queue at any given time.

After progression comes completion. I'm now able to run better, increasing my chances of survival in the eventual zombie apocalypse, and my dog has a clean bill of health (as well as a delicious rawhide treat to chew on). Completion is an interesting stage because sometimes, the completion itself is the reward. Other times, the completion leads to the reward; for example, now that I'm a better runner, my body is rewarded with various health benefits outside of surviving the zombie hordes in the future. 

When it comes down to it, life, like a good RPG, is more than just grinding for the best loot or unlocking achievements. Life is about the quests, the journeys and the experiences. It's about progressing our stories as people, as players in our present Massive Multiplayer In Real Life Role Playing Game (trademark pending).

So next time you get stuck in traffic or the line at Starbucks remember, it's all just part of the journey. You're on a quest for something -- this is just you getting the experience for it. 

What do your real-world RPG quests look like? Let's talk about it in the comments below.  

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7 Pokémon from Sun and Moon and Their Real Life Animal Counterparts https://www.gameskinny.com/ulyxf/7-pokemon-from-sun-and-moon-and-their-real-life-animal-counterparts https://www.gameskinny.com/ulyxf/7-pokemon-from-sun-and-moon-and-their-real-life-animal-counterparts Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:08:48 -0500 Pablo Seara

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Bruxish - Reef Triggerfish
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This fabulous and odd pokémon is dual type, water and psychic. Its name comes from bruxism, an oral parafunctional activity, which consist in excessive teeth grinding and/or jaw clenching. This is reminiscent of the reef triggerfish, its real-life animal counterpart, whose teeth are set close together inside its mouth.

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This species inhabits the reefs in the Indo-Pacific. It was the Hawaiian official fish for five years and its name is one of the largest words in the Hawaiian language: humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa, or just humuhumu for short, which means "triggerfish with a snout like a pig". Good luck remembering it.

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These are just some of the seventh generation pokémon that are based on animals from all over the world, but that is only the beginning as there are so many more in Pokémon Sun and Moon, like Vibravolt (Beetle), Mudsdale (Horse) or UB-01 Symbiont (Jellyfish), as well as previous installments of the franchise.

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What do you think about these pokémon? Which pokémon would you like to see based on a real-life animal? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Komala - Koala
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This cute, normal-type pokémon is always asleep. It eats, drinks and even fights while sleeping, and its saliva is a great remedy to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Komala uses its log as a weapon during battles, and it also serves as its pillow.

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Komala acts and looks like a real koala, but its real-life counterpart is not as sleepy. However, koalas can sleep up to 22 hours. And that does not even include hibernation! This happens because their diet, which mainly consists on eucalyptus' leaves, does not contain enough nutrients and calories to carry a more active style of life. They are also very antisocial and the only real bond they develop is between mother and child.

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Passimian - Lemur
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Passimian is a lemur-looking, fighting-type pokémon exclusive to Pokémon SunPassimians act like quarterbacks, as its posture suggests. They work as a team, use berries to attack and coordinate to pass the fruits between each other to disconcert the rival. Lemurs are extremely social as well, but they do not act like that.

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Lemurs are a species of primates endemic to Madagascar. They stand out as probably the most characteristic species from the island, due to their shiny eyes, nocturnal habits, long tails and high-pitched, sudden voices. They share many traits with regular primates, like their hands, feet and nails. However, they do not possess their intelligence and have a wet nose.

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Oranguru - Orangutan
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Oranguru comes from the combination of the words orangutan and guru. It is a dual-type normal/physchic pokémon which is based on the pongos, the scientific term that refers to, guess what, orangutans. Orangurus live in solitude in the woods and they rarely perform any kind of physical activity. On the contrary, orangutans are very territorial, and like to copulate with a vast variety of females.

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Both orangurus and their real-life counterparts are very intelligent. In Pokémon Sun & Moon, people believed orangurus were humans that lived in the depth of the forests, taking care of all the creatures in them. In the real world, there are groups of orangutans that use tools to provide food for themselves.

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Araquanid - Diving Bell Spider
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Araquanid is a dual type water/bug pokémon and the evolution of Dewpider. I am sorry to tell you that this pokémon is also based on a real world creature: the diving bell spider. Yes, I know what you are thinking. A spider that breathes under water? How can this exist? Unfortunately, it does... Kind of.

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The diving bell spider spends most of its life underwater, but it has lungs instead of gills. In order to breathe, the arachnid makes an air chamber with silk and sticks it to a sub-aquatic plant. To fill the space, it catches bubbles from the surface and drags them to the chamber with the thin fur that covers its body. Weird...

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Toucannon - Toco Toucan
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Toucannon is the final evolution of Pikipek, which acts as the Pidgey of this generation. This flying pokémon is directly based on the toco toucan, the most recognizable and largest species in the toucan family. Toucannon conserves most of the colorful details of this curious bird, like the black and orange peak, the red skirt or the blue pupils. 

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Toco toucans come from South America, mostly from Brazil. It is a common attraction in zoos from all over the world, since they attract the visitors' attention with its striking, colorful traits, and its imposing beak. You might also remember this species from the movie Rio, which features Rafael, a romantic toco toucan fond of Carnival with seventeen offspring (yikes).

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Yungoos - Small Asian Mongoose
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Yungoos is a normal type pokémon, whose name derives from young and mongoose. It is one of the first pokémon we can catch in Pokémon Sun & Moon and it is based on the small Asian mongoose. As its name states, its habitat covers a vast majority of Asia, and also other countries outside of the continent. Small Asian Mongooses usually live alone, and they only share burrows occasionally.

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Yungoos' sharp teeth and menacing smile come from the aggressive behavior of small Asian Mongooses. These animals eat all sorts of bugs, and even some snakes and birds. This has become a problem in the countries they were introduced, since they can endanger local species that do not have a natural predator.

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The Earth is full of strange animals we could never imagine. Game Freak knows that, and used this knowledge to take inspiration straight from the real world to create the first generation of Pokémon. Since then, they draw upon real creatures and the most bizarre objects, like a sand castle, while designing pokémon. 

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Pokémon Sun & Moon are no different. Since they take place in an archipelago, many of the new pokémon look like paradisaical animals: toucans, koalas, lemurs and more. Others are based on more casual creatures, like the three starters showed above: Litten (A fire cat), Rowlet (A grass owl) and Popplio (A water sea lion).

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In the following slides, you can take a look at seven pokémon from Sun & Moon and their real-life animal counterparts, which demonstrates that real animals are weirder than pokémon.

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