For this month’s Thing, we’re going to really get into the PLAY aspect of Nebraska Learns 2.0. You’re going to create your own online game using Purpose Games, a free website where you can create and share your games, and play games created by other members.
To get started, you will need to create an account. All you need to do is create a User Name and Password, and provide your email address to activate your account. Once that’s done, you’re ready to play!
There are multiple ways to learn about what’s available on the Purpose Games website. From the menu at the top of the page, the Play link will bring up a list of all the games available. They are arranged in categories, so you can find games on whatever topic you may be interested in.
Try the search box to narrow down the listing. For example, searching for ‘library’ finds games with the word library in the title. Play a couple of them to see how others have created their games.
Now, let’s make our own game!
Click on the Create link at the top of the page and agree to the terms of the website.
There are three types of games you can create – two Quiz Games, one using dots and one using shapes; and a Multiple-Choice game.
Here are some examples, first ‘Planets of the solar system’, a dots quiz game:
‘The States of the USA‘, a shapes quiz game:
And, ‘In the Library’, a multiple-choice game:
Pick whichever type of game you like, and create your game. The FAQ has all the information and instructions you should need to create the game of your choice.
You can’t embed a game into your own website or blog post. But you can share the unique URL for the game you create, sending people to the Purpose Games website for your game.
It’s important to note that users are not required to create an account just to play a game on the site. You only need an account if you want to create your own games, track the games you play, or participate in tournaments or challenges on the site.
So, if you are looking for a fun way to introduce people to your library and what it has to offer, creating your own online game could be the way to go!
- Sign up for an account on Purpose Games.
- Play a few games of your choice.
- Create your own game.
- Write a blog post about your experience. Include the link to a game you’ve created on Purpose Games. Some things to think about:
- What did you think of the games that other members have created? Were they fun? Educational? Did you learn something?
- What did you think of the game creation process? Was it difficult or easy to create your own game?
- How could you use a game at your library? Can you think of ways a game could be used to promote a library program or service? Is there a library program that could use Purpose Games as an activity, where your participants create their own games?