|The Attention Game (pt 2)||Recognising My DI||10yrs +||Game|
|Based on “Attention Economy: The Game”, this simple card game focusses on obtaining the attention of readers. This version includes an element of role-playing to explore the possibilities of building a specific view of your personality for others to see.|
|With 5 players and 5 turns, the game takes about 20 minutes in its basic form.|
|Before play starts, each player chooses a ‘role’ to play. For instance they could be a ‘party animal’, a ‘serious researcher’, a ‘dotty scientist’ (thanks to Steven Warburton for this role!), or any other role which suits the target audience age group – one of our play testers chose ‘Sex columnist’ which was absolutely fine in the context of a group of eLearning specialists, but may not be suitable for younger age groups, whilst another chose CyberGran which could work at all ages. Play proceeds exactly as “The Attention Game pt 1” but players try to play headlines which suit their chosen role. This doesn’t mean that all plays need to be solely focussed on the specific stereotype – serious researchers have been known to go to a club and have some fun too!
Questions to ask about the experience
|Playing a role has a tendency to allow people to express rather more radical opinions – after all, this is ‘not them’. It can also lead to people focussing narrowly on a specific aspect of the persona they are trying to project – and there is a tendency for the result to look a little bit forced. You may find that players don’t feel they can trust the DIs which have been projected by the other players as much as with the basic version.|