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Thursday, August 18 • 11:30am - 4:30pm
The Fiscal Ship: A Game About the Federal Budget

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In The Fiscal Ship, a player first chooses up to three governing goals from 10 choices we offer (e.g. reduce inequality, fight climate change, strengthen national defense, or shrink government, etc.). Then the player picks from ~100 tax and spending options (both increases and decreases) to achieve those goals and bring the debt-to-GDP ratio down from a projected 130% in 2041 to 75%, roughly where it is today. In other words, winning requires both achieving your governing goals and stabilizing the debt. The point: It is possible to stabilize the federal debt and pursue other objectives simultaneously, but it takes some hard decisions about taxes and spending to do so.


Eric Church

Serious Games Initiative - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
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Emilie Saulnier

Troy, NY, United States, 1st Playable Productions
Tobi Saulnier, as Founder and CEO of 1st Playable Productions, leads a game development studio that has created such hit games such as Club Penguin for the Nintendo DS, Ben 10 DS, Disney Princess DS, and a number of other DS games designed for very specific demographics ("kids' games", "girls' games", etc). The studio is also known for innovative gameplay, including networked features, downloadable content, and integration of real and virtual... Read More →

Thursday August 18, 2016 11:30am - 4:30pm
Northwoods Union South

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