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Your Financial Story - A Game about Personal Finance

A topic by Brogan M. Pratt created Sep 17, 2020 Views: 1,348 Replies: 11
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A No-Nonsense Game about Personal Finance, Money Management, & Budgeting

Take control of your personal finances through game-based learning! Your Financial Story follows your life; from researching top careers, adapting to unexpected life events, practical budgeting, and beyond. Discover how to leave your parent's house, choose a career, and adapt to real life situations as you learn how to budget for life along the way. 

You can download the game here!

  • Practice the world's most effective budgeting method (Zero-sum) in environments tailored to your personal financial situation.

  • Learn top earning careers available with a highschool diploma, trade certificate, or university degree
  • Explore a vast, comic book world, jumping in and out of different panels & environments
  • Experience an engaging real world personal finance simulation 

  • Your Financial Story is designed with the latest in Game-Based Learning research in mind
  • Learn through game mechanics that transfer learning more effectively than traditional paper & pencil learning methods

Game Design & Genesis

After a full year of  working on this project, Your Financial Story is finally released! This game was born out of my frustration with a lack of educational games on the market, and fun educational games as well. As an educator, I saw that many had boring graphics, or were nothing more than glorified quiz games, not Game based learning! I saw games that lacked passion behind them. Even the most popular financial literacy game online is again, a quiz game. In my educational experience, this doesn't get kids engaged! As a teacher, I went to the drawing board and thought about how to best engage my students in financial literacy skills, and get meaningful practice with the content in an engaging way, and hence, Your Financial Story was born.

The game is built upon several years of research under Game-Based Learning methods, and players decide on careers, life paths, and must learn to Zer0-sum budget through play. This makes budgeting practice engaging, and gives players a taste of what the real world might look like if they were to be a chef. Could they afford that basement suite? Or would they need to get a roommate? What happens if their car breaks down? (Or is a car even realistic?) All these types of questions prepare students for the real world, but without a safe sandbox (and fun sandbox) to engage within, students never get the chance to practice these skills and take them with them into the real world. 

The hope is that this game can be used as either an introduction game, learn more financial skills with extended curriculum (learning everything in a single game is impossible, but your financial story is a good start!), then come back and replay the game again, making different financial desicions and discovering how your world changes. 

I hope that this game can make an impact on you, and further your financial goals in life by giving you a structure to build your financial aspirations upon. 

-Mr. Pratt (Or Brogan, if you prefer!) 

I've been following your project a while now. Congrats on finally completing it! You're so right about a lack of financial responsibility taught in school. I'm glad something like this finally exists. Loved the pre-release version (characters were pretty funny) and I look forward to trying the full thing now that I've bought it.

As a teacher, I can confirm, Financial Literacy really needs to be taught in more engaging ways in our schools. I can't wait to use this in my class! 

Wonderful idea! A great, modern way to engage learners in a topic that is so vitally important.   I  can not wait to implement this unique tool into my classroom. 

I thought finances were boring, but this game was fun! I can now talk about things like investment with my parents and not get frustrated. 

Hey! Glad it could help :) 

As an educator for forty years, I became keenly aware decades ago of the essential and desperate  need for financial literacy.  This teaches financial literacy in such an engaging and amusing manner! Our children are our future. Thanks, Mr. Pratt, for educating our students and preparing them to be capable and responsible adults.

What a delightful way to learn about personal finance. Plus, such a visually beautiful game!

I wish that I had a games like these to teach me personal finance growing up!

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Amazing game!! think I learned more than my kids :)  I'm playing it when they are asleep! wish I had this when I was a kid :)

Congratulations on completing this. Looking forward to playing this week. Anyone who knows me surely knows I need some financial literacy. 

As a teacher, I think this is a great way to introduce your students or yourself to, or renew what you may have heard about, being financially sound. An engaging and sometimes humorous set of characters carry the load as you personalize their progression through the game. Well thought out and full of useful content. Thank you, Mr Pratt, for taking such a unique approach to learning about being financially literate!