With all the cool fun games out there, video games are not just for kids and geeks. People use video games for fitness, for camraderie (anyone up for a Rock Band party?), increasing hand-eye coordination, and the list goes on.
I was cruising through Planetizen's latest newsletter and saw this cool article: The Black Cloud: Using Games to Understand Air Quality. Although this is not the first time I've heard of games being used for educational purposes (I vaguely remember a "drilling for oil" game in 7th grade science...no joke!), it is the first time I've heard of games for the environment. If anyone knows of any others, please share!
"The Black Cloud" game places a number of sensors in locations throughout a neighborhood and transmits data to a website where people can watch. The sensor locations are not disclosed, so players get to figure it out based on what type of land use and behavior might cause the readings. It's a fascinating story and the kind of thing I could totally find myself playing :)