Thursday, April 23, 2009

Debt Ski - A Personal Finance Game

Debt Ski is a fun game (if you enjoyed late 80's - early 90's video games) for learning about personal finance. The object of the game is to accumulate as much savings and as little debt as possible. Players choose one of three lifestyle objectives "thrifty," "average," or "big spender." After choosing an objective players have to, in a Mario Brothers-style, accumulate coins and necessities while avoiding unexpected expenses.

Webware provided a good analysis of the game earlier today.

Applications for Education
Debt Ski is a fun way for students to learn the basics of personal finance. The game is likely to keep students engaged for a long periods of time. I played the game a few times then had to force myself to stop before I really got sucked in to playing for hours. The game was designed by MTV Networks and is appropriate for use in middle school, high school, and college settings.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Simple Lessons in Saving and Borrowing Money
A Financial Glossary for Students
Links You Might Have Missed - Economics Lessons

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