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Building a "Serious Game" for Education

'We all know how it works in the animal kingdom: when you watch two leopard cubs play, for example, you expect that it's not simply about fun and pleasure. It's about honing skills; it's about figuring out hierarchy. And yet, with humans, we often forget that play is serious. We dismiss play and games as "sheer entertainment," distinct from life-lessons and skill-building. That's not to say that games haven't had a long history of being used for education. Think Oregon Trail. Think Math Blaster. But proponents of "serious games" want us to think bigger. "Serious games" take on a specific problem -- a real-world problem, not a "the princess is not in this castle" problem, if you get what I mean. Serious games like EVOKE, SuperBetter, and World Without Oil have asked players to tackle... Show More


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