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Games & Education

Games & Education



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Published by Robert Smelser
This handout is from one of my presentations that looks at how children persist with video games – even ones with steep learning curves – and how we can connect this principle to education.
This handout is from one of my presentations that looks at how children persist with video games – even ones with steep learning curves – and how we can connect this principle to education.

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Published by: Robert Smelser on May 16, 2008
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Video Games + Motivation
ICE 2007 • Video Games + Motivation • Robert Smelserhttp://homepage.mac.com/crysnrob/
A Primer: What Are All of These Things?
There are several video game products on the market right now. Here’s a brief look at a few of the more popularas of the delivery of this presentation in January 2007.
Microsoft XBox
The XBox was Microsoft’s first foray into the game console market. It was themost powerful of the consoles when it came out, and Xbox was successful inshowing that game consoles could be as effective as PCs in online gaming.
Microsoft XBox 360
XBox 360 is the second generation of XBox. It features HD support and a refinedonline service. The XBox 360, like its predecessor, is geared toward more maturegamers, but it is also gathering a respectable library of family-friendly titles.
Nintendo DS
The Nintendo DS is a handheld gaming platform that is unique for its touch-sensitive controls. The DS has a very diverse catalogue of titles, and it has seenstrong sales around the world, attracting customers who might otherwise notconsider purchasing a gaming device.ICE 2007 • Part 1: A Primer • Robert Smelserhttp://homepage.mac.com/crysnrob/
What’s Hot?
Here are the top 5 reviewedgames for each system.Rankings are gathered fromgamerankings.com
Halo: Combat EvolvedHalo 2Grand Theft Auto DoublePack Star Wars: Knights of theOld RepublicNinja Gaiden Blac
XBox 360
The Elder Scrolls 4:OblivionGears of WarGhost Recon AdvanceWarfighterCall of Duty 2Rainbow Six: Vegas
Nintendo DS
Mario Kart DSCastelvania: Dawn of SorrowAdvance Wars: DualStrikeNew Super Mario Bros.Meteos
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
While in its declining years, the Game Boy Advance is still a popular device. It’scatalogue of titles is largely geared toward children, and its lower price point isattractive to families on a budget.
Nintendo GameCube
The Nintendo GameCube had a hard time gaining momentum on market. It hasthe largest percentage of family-friendly games of its competitors, but many con-sumers dismissed it as a children’s toy. Unlike other consoles, the GameCube hasno media center capabilities.
Nintendo Wii
The Wii is something different for a console. It eschews horsepower and em-braces motion-sensitive technology for controlling games. The Wii has seen somestrong initial success, and its innovative interface has attracted customers who hadpreviously dismissed Nintendo’s products.ICE 2007 • Part 1: A Primer • Robert Smelserhttp://homepage.mac.com/crysnrob/
Game Boy Advance
Super Mario Advance 2Super Mario Advance 4Advance WarsMario Kart Super CircuitThe Legend of Zelda: ALink to the Past
Metroid PrimeResident Evil 4The Legend of Zelda: TheWind WakerSoul Caliber 2SSX 3
The Legend of Zelda: TheTwilight PrincessMadden NFL 07Trauma Center: SecondOpinionRayman Raving RabbidsWii Sports

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