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  •  An especially intriguing point you bring (0+ / 0-)

    up toward the end is the educational potential of games that the industry could/should explore further. Not that they'd be hot sellers, but still. I do not play video games but am fascinated watching when younger folks do it. The interactive aspect and higher quality of the audio and video I've seen the few times I seen gamers play over the last couple of years is amazing. I do know that video games are being used in some programs to help Iraq/Afghanistan war vets to problem-solve and transition through PTSD and back into the classroom. The project I observed was at East Carolina University.

    Are interactive videos being used in other educational settings using interactive features to allow kids to "explore" historical topics? Clearly they can be used to entertain and, perhaps, to promote miseducation, based on some of the negative stuff you describe. I'd be interested in an exploration of that topic. Thank you.

    I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

    by dannyboy1 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:12:40 AM PDT

    •  I have heard about the ptsd work (0+ / 0-)

      there are also some other aspects too that are much like the book Ender's Game where military projects are being crowd sourced to players, especially young ones, as a "game." Frightening.

      •  That sounds not like the kind of education (0+ / 0-)

        I'd be hoping for. I was thinking more along the lines of virtual history exploration or even interaction with historical figures, that kind of thing. Teachers use role play in history. A virtual environment could work the same or even better in some cases, I'd think.

        I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

        by dannyboy1 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:42:36 AM PDT

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