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Business, Government Use Video Games To Explore Serious Issues

The word "fun" is probably the last thing that comes to mind when discussing work, government bureaucracies or geopolitical crises.

But thanks to a growing trend known as serious games, learning about such topics could get a lot more engaging.

"Games are an incredible tool for teaching kids critical thinking, decision-making, and analytical and problem-solving skills," said Anita Street, an environmental scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Science Policy.

The office is working on a game that calculates people's "carbon footprint" - their contribution to the global greenhouse effect, measured in carbon dioxide units.

It's just one example of the medium - often dismissed as frivolous - helping to explain sober and complex issues.

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