Your Life as a Genetic Engineer!

Player Rating3.35/8

"Too few ratings to be ranked"
based on 37 ratings since 12/09/2019
played 301 times (finished 46)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

Play Length2/8

"So short yo' momma thought it was a recipe"

Maturity Level4/8

"need to be accompanied by an adult"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 13. If this were a movie, it would probably be PG.

In the near future...
You own your own practice specializing in genetic advising and genetic engineering of embryos. As a genetic adviser, you help couples make big decisions regarding their future children. One day, a couple comes to you seeking help to get rid of a life threatening disease that runs in one of the parent's family trees. How will you help them?

Welcome future scientists to your very own adventure! In this choose your own adventure game, you will be presented with a scenario you may very well encounter in the future, genetic counseling and modification. With this simulator, only you can choose how your future looks like.

This storygame is meant to be used in conjunction with college courses to teach future genetic engineers the importance of ethics and communication. Your work will greatly affect future generations. It is important that you make both smart and ethical decisions so that this future is not harmed nor is the reputation of your field. This storybook is meant to teach students how their future jobs may look like and the types of situations they may encounter in the future. This scenario is meant to help these future scientists understand the importance of every decision they make.

Player Comments

As a simple exercise on how to discuss ethical issues and potential risks with clients, this works on a surface level. It could effectively be about any medical or ethical subject, though, not genetic engineering, as all the choices are based on communication and listening skills. It's very 'easy' - none of the choices presented are surprising or hard to figure out. This makes it feel like an educational piece geared towards freshman and sophomore high school students.

There are some minor grammar errors, such as commas in the wrong place, but overall it is written well. The first page used "conflicted" once instead of "afflicted" - but that might just be some sort of medical jargon.
-- Camelon on 12/23/2019 10:22:31 PM with a score of 0
While this is an interesting idea for a quiz/edutainment, the problem here is that the choices are so obvious, so starkly clear what's right, that there is no actual education going on here.

I don't know anything about genetic engineering, so I should not be able to breeze through this. But the choices are as blunt as "do the thing without due thought" or "consider the options"--hm, which should I do? Should I "proceed regardless of consequences"? Or be "careful about the ramifications"? My wording may be slightly different from the game's, but that is the level of obviousness here.

So I think it is rather a stretch to call is a "simulator" or something that teaches "ethics and communication." It's hardly a teaching aid, as the choices are far too uninteresting to teach.
-- Gower on 12/23/2019 7:43:39 PM with a score of 0
I guess its because it's about 3am where I'm at right now, but I clicked on this thinking it was "Your life as a Generic Engineer" and let me tell you, I was profoundly confused when I was immediately faced with the dilemmas of gene therapy ethics.

"Is this what your run-of-the-mill structural engineer is doing these days? I had no idea," I said to myself.

Then I checked myself and realized my mistake. There really isn't much to say about this story and I probably rated it too high. When I got the end with the mole covered baby I was stricken with a deep loathing dread. What have I done? Has science gone too far? A mole covered baby? Damn. I might have just as well injected the child with decades of self-doubt and irreparable body image issues.
-- ugilick on 4/5/2021 3:56:46 AM with a score of 0
It's a very simple game on ethics. The decisions are very black and white; if you don't do what's expected of you, you'll get a game over.

Ultimately, it's probably best if people want a simple, quick, and concise understanding of human ethics and how their actions might affect others. Also, it gives a bit of information on genetic engineering.

It serves its purpose. If you want to create an actual storygame, however, you may want to add more to it? Maybe this is in a place where there are no ethical laws - that's a little more interesting (not that this one isn't interesting!) and can also be a teaching experience on why we need ethics.
I hope to see more from you in the future! :)
-- snailsforsale on 2/14/2020 11:38:12 AM with a score of 0
It was boringly short
-- Chara on 12/19/2019 6:23:04 PM with a score of 0
This story should be taken at face value. It's a teaching aid with a simple story attached. Not much more to it.
-- DerPrussen on 12/12/2019 2:42:43 PM with a score of 0
For its intended purpose, I think this does a pretty good job. And it certainly fits the edutainment category.

Its also a nice refresher see someone use the site for a school project and not spit out a steaming pile of sloppy cow dung.
-- Bucky on 12/10/2019 1:03:19 PM with a score of 0
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