The limited scope of Educational Video Games


The educational First Person Shooter? Where is it? Ok…there’s ‘Typing of the Dead’, I’ll give you that one. But it’s not exactly up to the quality and scale of Bioshock, it it? Or Call of Duty. Or Halo.

The educational 4X (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate)? The space conquest game that teaches you everything you need to know about the complex weave of civilization that is economics, technology, politics and culture?

The educational action role-playing game? The sword-swinging saga that teaches you the grim realities of medieval Europe, the witch hunts and the political machinations behind the crusades?

All I tend to see are…

Casual Games

Adventure Games

Puzzle Games

Platform Games

Simulators

We’ve spent years bringing certain genres to the absolute peak of their form…to an Art form.

Why are we not now harnessing all of that knowledge, that technology, that Art, for the good of all? For education?

Show me the educational ‘Survival Horror’ or ‘Tower Defense’ game and I shall happily hold my tongue!

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