Consider the materials covered. What is your perception of what should be considered an educational game? Explain your reasoning and provide some insights into how you developed this position.
In order to better answer the questions, I jumped ahead a day and researched the questions to help better understand educational games. Here is what I found in my research.
- Board Games
What types are there and how do they differ in function and design? Board games are probably my favorite types of games. Over the years, this form of gaming has advanced from simple strategies of getting from start to finish to complex levels of challenges and individual or team strategy. I have a friend who buys a new board game every week and plays them with his family, rating them and blogging about them as a fun learning opportunity for him and his family. I have learned about so many games from reading his reviews.
- Video Games
What are the common trends in video games? Trending video games tend to require first person vantage point as if you are in the game. High quality graphics and multi-player opportunities are often part of the gaming structure. Chat features and customizable player design round out the games to allow you as the player to feel actively involved in the game itself. First person shooters are always popular and have been at the top of the gaming list for decades. Violence and sex sells games. And movies. 🙂
- Mobile & Serious Games
Is mobile a good platform for learning games? What are serious games? Name some examples. I found a website article (https://www.game-learn.com/all-you-need-to-know-serious-games-game-based-learning-examples/) with a great description and example games to show what serious games are… which is essentially game-based learning opportunities. The article says that the elements in Serious games include:
A. A Story
C. Immediate and Individualized learning
E. The goal of learning
Some examples of serious games include: Dragon Box Elements, Pulse, Pacific, Duolingo, VICE, Our City, Merchants, and Food Force.
- Evaluating Games
What should we be aware of when playing a game? What should a game do?
When playing games, it is important to be aware of age-appropriateness, providing too much personal information and awareness of those playing with you. There are many vulnerable opportunities in games that can be taken advantage of if one isn’t paying attention. A game should provide an opportunity to participate freely while providing a fun series of activities to keep the users engaged.
- Learning Games
What are some examples of learning games? What elements relate to instruction? Some learning games that are used in education are SIMCity which has a variety of different games to teach areas like STEM to enhance the curriculum in any classroom. Game Star Mechanic is another learning game that allows users to create their own games for others to play. These games should include a bit of teaching and active play in order for the users to develop the skills needed to advance in the game.