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(BBC)   "Video games may have role in education," say Electronic Arts   (news.bbc.co.uk) divider line 25
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2006-10-02 12:06:03 PM
Why asinine? Carmen San Diego teaches about history and geography, Oregon Trail improves planning and adaptive skills, and the Grand Theft Auto series instructs us to always kill the hooker and get your monkey back after you're finished with her.
 
2006-10-02 12:10:28 PM
"says"

/funny headline
 
2006-10-02 12:25:00 PM
Heh.... "monkey".
 
2006-10-02 12:28:51 PM
You can't dismiss the medium entirely. That's assinine. That's like saying "Should we have books at school? Yes or no?" without caring about the content of the books. Many instructional designers recognize that "video games" are a valid way to present content.
 
2006-10-02 12:41:01 PM
Reader Rabbit, biatch.

/thinks subby should out themselves so I can point and laugh, point to the fact that violent crime commited by people aged 12-18 is half of what it was in the 70s, and feel better about myself.
 
2006-10-02 12:47:25 PM
Soda machines can help fund schools, say CocaCola & Pepsi.
 
2006-10-02 12:54:27 PM
HulkHands

IT WAS MY FIRST GREENLIT, LEAVE ME ALONE!
 
2006-10-02 12:54:50 PM
Cruiser7: Carmen San Diego teaches about history and geography, Oregon Trail improves planning and adaptive skills

I saw a news bit once on a surgeon who always played "Monkey Ball" (or whatever it's called) before going into surgery to "practice". Was also planning on getting his aides to do similar, as he found they did better at a traditional "surgery practice" machine if they'd played the game beforehand.
 
2006-10-02 12:57:18 PM
I'd have enjoyed that horrible typing class I had to take (despite the fact I already knew how to type) much better if they had TyperShark for me to play.
 
2006-10-02 01:06:05 PM
Asinine my ass.
 
2006-10-02 01:10:13 PM
I learned that in order to get the red key, you have to stack up the crates and swing from the vine.
 
2006-10-02 01:15:12 PM
that's funnt coming from EA
 
2006-10-02 01:25:08 PM
What I learned from EA is that you can take a mediocre product, make marginal improvements on it every year (or sometimes none at all), and get away with charging the same price every year for what is essentially the same product-- and it'll sell millions of copies.

Also, buy out professional sports licences, and buy out retailers while you're at it, forcing them to push and track sales of your product and downplay superior games of the same genre.

/hates EA
//GameStop employee
///actually had manager push NBA Live 07 on a kid despite later admitting 2k7 was better, because corporate tracks EA title sales due to EA "sponsorship"
 
2006-10-02 01:34:24 PM
I'd agree with the asinine tag for EA. There have been learning games out there almost as long as there have been games.
 
2006-10-02 01:37:50 PM
ArcadianRefugee: I saw a news bit once on a surgeon who always played "Monkey Ball" (or whatever it's called) before going into surgery to "practice".


So you advocate stretching prior to performing surgery? I can dig that.
 
2006-10-02 01:38:59 PM
Oregon Train taught me to buy more wagon wheels. And Ammo.
 
2006-10-02 01:39:36 PM
*Oregon Trail

Damn...fat...fingers!
 
2006-10-02 01:39:38 PM
Cruiser7: I always wondered with the realism slant of the GTA games, why havn't the newer games institutes some sorta Pimpslap feature. IE, you run over too many hookers and their pimps start coming after you. Cause otherwise it just gets boring, and there is no, should, I or shouldn't I run over this hooker.
 
2006-10-02 01:47:34 PM
MindStalker: I always wondered with the realism slant of the GTA games, why havn't the newer games institutes some sorta Pimpslap feature. IE, you run over too many hookers and their pimps start coming after you. Cause otherwise it just gets boring, and there is no, should, I or shouldn't I run over this hooker.

If its 3AM and you're running around town in your tank and happen to run over the hooker, and her pimp is 4 blocks away getting laid, how is he possibly going to know it was you who ran over his hooker with the tank?

It's not like they have a lot of means in which to investigate who did it. I mean, everybody has a tank these days...and really, hasn't everybody killed a hooker or three while learning to drive it?
 
2006-10-02 01:59:45 PM
CulturedPunk

That, or you can take a really good game(ala CnC, Simcity, etc.) and turn it into complete and utter crap.



/If they screw up CnC 3 like they did Generals I swear...
 
2006-10-02 02:11:15 PM
Grandmaster: I'm saying that when you get the services of a hooker, then kill her, you should get a hooker killer rep. I mean eventually your gonna get caught no matter how careful, hookers talk when they don't come back.
 
2006-10-02 02:44:02 PM
Everything I know about world history I learnt from playing Civilization. Like when the Romans colonised Alpha Centuri.
 
2006-10-02 02:48:41 PM
I've learned more from video games than I have from classes at times.

Civ 1 actually taught me how to plan my world conquest. Sims2 taught me eugenics, and Tertis, well, let's just say the world will fear that game some day soon.

/my first multi-day gaming session was Carmen Sandiego
 
2006-10-02 03:29:37 PM
EA SUCKS ASS....

They sucked as soon as ESPN 2005 games were being released with BETTER GRAPHICS and a lower pricetag.

This is just a ploy so that they can make some government approved software game that is to be distributed in all the public schools. In the end, THEY STILL SUCK...


If you want craftmanship and quality at a fair price go with the company that makes all the ESPN sports game. They're WAY better.
 
2006-10-02 10:10:22 PM
Halo and Ghost Recon have taught me a lot about biology and physics. I learned that Human blood is red and that when you shoot somone in the head, that they'll die pretty quick. In Halo I learned at what degree should I throw grenades to kill my enemies, thus completing my physics education.
 
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