A simple origin story for this serious game.
Recently rebranded The Social Justice Game: A Game About Cents & Sensibility the game first emerged as The Landlord Game, and was created as part of a museum exhbit. It later became a game to play with students, promoting social justice and helping instructors use active learning to explore the systemic nature of poverty with their students. It has been downloaded worldwide.
AY 2018 - AY 2019
The game is presented at academic gaming and pedagogy conferences, including Teach, Play, Learn (Indiana University South Bend), EDULEARN (Palma de Mallorca, Spain), and the 2019 Gameful Learning Summer Institute (University of Michigan).
Summer, 2018 - Summer, 2019
The game materials are released under a Creative Commons License. The game's official website is created to facilitate use by instructors at Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and anyone who wishes to download the materials and modify the game according to their own needs.
Twelve copies of the game are made and placed in circulation at the Hesburgh Libraries. Game play is facilitated in a number of classes at Saint Mary's and Notre Dame, including:
The Landlord Game was designed to be played as part of the interactive component of the "Money Worries" exhibit at the University of Notre Dame's Snite Museum, circa March, 2018. Along with the interactive digital game SPENT, and a film collage by Dr. Matthew Payne, University of Notre Dame, The Landlord Game represented a third of the interactive experience from the "Money Worries" exhibit. Museum patrons were encouraged to engage directly with the exbibits by playing SPENT digitally, watching Payne's montage, and playing The Landlord Game with other patrons there in the museum.