Spartan Villa (Fall 2011 - Fall 2012)

screenshotDate: Fall 2011 - Fall 2012

Funding: Game made possible by generous support of the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU)

Authors:Brian Winn, Chad Fleming, Ben Szymczak, Kristy Cunningham, Matt Vorce, Alex Lockwood, and David Cornelius

In Spartan Villa, your goal is to create the best college house on campus. Design the house, build the rooms, and throw parties and social events, all to attract the best tenants. Be a generous landlord and shower your tenants with high-end rooms and lavish parties or create the next student ghetto. The choice is up to you! But be careful, if you do not manage your finances successfully, you may just lose your house.

Project Description:
Managing ones finances can be a daunting task, especially with limited experience. The challenge of learning how credit works, how to implement a monthly budget, and how to properly handle ones finances is that mistakes in real-life during the learning process can be costly. To aid in this challenge, Spartan Villa bridges this gap by creating a realistic financial system embedded in a fun, low-pressure game world. Spartan Villa introduces the player to critical financial concepts through the virtual management of a college house, making the player responsible for expanding and maintaining their house by utilizing their finances effectively. Paying bills on time, allocating funds to the proper accounts, and monitoring their monthly spending are important aspects of the gameplay; ultimately this allows the player to purchase rooms to expand their house, host social events to attract future tenants, and increase their overall credit score. By successfully completing these tasks in the game, the player is able to learn effective money management skills and increase their financial literacy in a way that is engaging as well as accessible to a younger audience. The game was made possible by the generous support of the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.

Project URL: http://gel.msu.edu/spartanvilla

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