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Spore in the NYT”

Posted in Games in education on 11 - October 2006 at 04:55 PM (17 years ago). 238 views.


The NYT Magazine has a great read by Spore creator Wil Wright (I’ve written about Spore before here).

The article:

It occurred to me as I wandered through the halls of the Spore offices that a troubled school system could probably do far worse than to devote an entire, say, fourth-grade year to playing Spore. The kids would get a valuable perspective on their universe; they would learn technical skills and exercise their imaginations at the same time; they would learn about the responsibility that comes from creating independent life. And no doubt you would have to drag them out of the classrooms at the end of the day. When I mentioned this to Eno, he immediately chimed in agreement. “I thought the same thing,” he said. “If you really want to reinvent education, look at games. They fold everything in: history, sociology, anthropology, chemistry - you can piggyback everything on it.”

Not bad, eh?