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Old 07-03-18, 02:39 AM   #1
 
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Maybe anyone tried them? Or your younger brothers/sisters? I'm curious because now using of such games became a very popular trend.
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I am the youngest of 3 siblings and the third oldest of 5 stepsiblings. Both my older biological and my four stepsiblings are enthusiastic gamers.

They certainly started with such educational games. But I never could get excited about such stuff. I always preferred and prefer to climb out on trees, or painted, draw and doodled stuff.

Even though I have a lot to do with computers nowadays, I prefer to do sports rather than waste my time playing video games. even educational games.
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It depends on the game, and what it's trying to teach as well as what the gameplay is like, and what the user is looking for from the game.

Let's look at some examples of educational games (or games which are used in schools for educational purposes):

Minecraft. This is a bad example of a good educational game.
The gameplay for Minecraft is simple, easy to learn, you don't really know your learning anything... And that's why it is a bad example. What are you learning in Minecraft? You are given 1x1m blocks of basic blocks, and you build... You don't really learn a lot from it, but it can gain a child some social skills, as they talk to their peers about the game. So that's all it has going for it.

Kerbal Space Program (KSP). This is a MUCH better educational game, and is a good example of one. However, it lacks certain things which a "perfect" educational game needs.
KSP is all about space flight, vehicle creation, and space travel.
It's not the easiest game in the world, but you can pick it up quickly. We're off to a good start.
The game is fun, and engaging. Blimey, what a good educational game this is so far.
You can learn a lot without knowing. PERFECT! Just what you want from an educational game - learning is more fun when you don't know you're learning.
It doesn't teach you certain parts of physics which are kinda required to make "perfect" spacecraft. AND IT'S FAILED. If an educational game doesn't, by the time you've completed it, teach you everything you needed to know to be perfect at that game (at least to a basic degree, teaching kids advanced rocket science would be stupid), then you have failed as an educational game.

Hiragana Warrior: Learn Japanese To Survive (HW). This is a good example of a sub-par educational game, but a much better fit than the two previously mentioned.
HW is marketed as an educational game, was created as one, and as such does a lot of teaching. I said this is bad earlier, but the difference is KSP was sold as a casual game first, and adapted to be educational, whereas HW was education from the core. Gamifying a language learning course is a very good way to get people to learn a language, and remember it. You will come to remember the harder words, if they are a boss you had to fight (for example).
However, the lack of real "game" to it makes it less engaging, due to it being a little more slow and grindy. And for kids, especially under 12's, a game like this would bore them more than it'd teach them.

Duolingo (Duo). Another language learning game.
This is education through and through, it's not really a game, but it is. Solving a "lesson" gives you points and EXP. EXP does nothing, and points can buy you powerups/cosmetics.
This sort of educational game is definitely more oriented towards adults, or mid-late teens, looking to learn a language. It's not meant to be seen as a game, but by all definitions, it is a game.


These are just a few games that come to mind. But as you can see, there's many different types of educational games, and if you're an avid gamer, you have possibly already played some of them.

Some other examples (just looking through my steam library), I won't talk about: Portal, Besiege, Bridge Constructor, Type:Rider, and many, many more








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Maybe anyone tried them? Or your younger brothers/sisters? I'm curious because now using of such games became a very popular trend.
Games are considered in general as the most effective way of teaching children. Educational ones are an upgraded version of these popular methods and yeah, they're really effective for learning various subjects. As I know they're even recommended by professional teachers too because of their high quality for learning and additional option of gaining skills for using various gadgets, in our modern age it's considered as important thing too. I mean now only this educational type, games which belong to it are made specially for learning math like Bugs and Numbers, Tiggly Chef Addition and alphabet like ABCya!, Zebrainy ABC Wonderlands https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-s...165324239?mt=8 and so on. They're based on special teaching methods, have good quality and graphics, children usually adore them I don't like an idea of buying small children expensive tablets/laptops but using them for learning are ok in my opinion but of course it should be always controlled by parents
Such games can have also some additional bonuses like developing of motor skills, memory, creativity and so on https://www.livestrong.com/article/2...ames-for-kids/ . But of course they shouldn' t replace all other methods of learning.




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