One of the items that I picked up from Prensky’s book “Digital Game-Based Learning” was a reference to a game called “Objection!”.  Objection! is a game that puts the player in the role of a defense lawyer who must judge the validity of a prosecuting attorney’s questions.  Objection! (http://www.objection.com/) is challenging, so if you play the demo, don’t let the “old-school” graphics fool you!

This game is straightforward and well-designed–which is probably why it’s been certified for use by state bar associations, not to mention amazingly well-reviewed by the legal community (http://www.objection.com/productreviews.html).

The gameplay goes something like this:  The prosecuting attorney presents a question.  The player then has to choose whether the question is “proper” or whether it’s not based on whether its “vague”, “argumentative”, “hearsay”, or any one of a multitude of options.  There’s contextual information for wrong responses, partial credit and contextual information for so-so responses, and some questions can have more than one correct answer.  Meanwhile, an animated courtroom judge plays the role of the “judge” and will occasionally look at his watch if you’re taking too long and tell you why you’re wrong when you answer incorrectly.

Frankly, if you haven’t had legal training, expect to get stumped multiple times.  I must confess that all the Perry Mason, Columbo and Law & Order that I’ve seen over the years didn’t really help my gameplay all that much :-).

Objection! is one of several series produced by Transmedia Inc., who “develops computerized trial simulations designed exclusively for trial attorneys and approved for CLE credit in 19 states.”

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