A good example of such a game for learning is a mobile online simulation Lords of the Valley. It can be used as a laboratory for practicing skills like teamwork, leadership and communication. During the game, players attempt to achieve their own goals while facing many challenges arising from the decisions of other players and the unpredictability of the environment. By doing that, they learn that lack of cooperation and communication between them makes it impossible to find optimal solutions. During the debriefing session after the game, they analyze the decisions they made and their consequences, which leads to conclusions about how to apply the lessons learned to real life situations.
When tailored for a specific situation, games for learning give players direct experience of the challenges in solving a difficult social-ecological problem. The approach offers opportunities to practice sustainable thinking and acting and to become aware of the interdependencies between economic, social and ecological issues.