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Posts tagged “edutainment”

Ubisoft’s Rabbids Coding is a free game teaching programming basics

A confession: I think Rabbids are great. I am delighted when Ubisoft's daffy rabbits do something foolish then shout "BWAAAHH!" (I assume it is the same joy many others feel with Minions.) I would like to poke one in the belly, and would fully understand if it bit me. I like the former Rayman antagonists so much that they can lead me to things I…

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Zachtronics games now free for schools

Cor, kids have it easy nowadays. Sure, they're inheriting a polluted hellhole teetering on the brink of ecological and economic ruin, but look at all the neat games they get to grow up with. Thanks to Zachtronics announcing they're giving away (nearly) all their games to schools, some of them even get to muck about with fabulously inventive puzzle boxes during their pretend workday. Imagine…

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Feature: Duck duck goose

Players react to videogames in unexpected ways, and scary edutainment games prove it

When you move to a new house, items you have long forgotten get shifted from the back of a drawer and into your hands. This is how Duck City ended up in front of me. A game from the earlier years of my childhood, Duck City was designed by children’s author and illustrator Alan snow and released onto PC in 1996. It’s a collection of…

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Feature: AI-mageddon

How the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk’s Civ V mod should make us fear superintelligent AI

What do you reckon is the greatest threat to the future of humanity? Climate change? Nuclear war? A global epidemic? They’re all causes for concern, but it’s my belief that one of the greatest risks is actually posed by superintelligent AI. You might need some convincing of that, which is why researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk have…

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The Centre For The Study Of Existential Risk have made a Civ V mod about apocalyptic AI

Researchers at the University of Cambridge's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (an actual real institution) have released a Civilization V mod exploring the hot new apocalypse everyone's talking about: unchecked AI casually wiping out humanity in the name of efficiency. If you've already clicked through the universe as a single-minded AI in Frank Lantz's ace Paperclips, you might fancy this mod. Trapping a…

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Code Of The Road Safety MMO

It's about road safety and it's still set in a fantasy world! These MMO designers. Tsk! Code Of Everand was actually down when I clicked through to have a look, but apparently the idea behind this free MMO is teach road safety skills to nippers. It's a metaphor, you see: "Deadly ‘spirit channels’ inhabited by roaming monsters criss-cross the land. Players are 'pathfinders', heroic adventurers…

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Fruit Mystery: “It gives them the dangerous poos.”

Zoological mishaps are becoming a perhaps unexpected theme in recent gaming, what with IGN's announcement of Squids not being animals and all. It continues with Brett Graham's Fruit Mystery. Brought to our attention by Jonathan "Braid" Blow over at Qt3, it's a high-drama flashgame about trying to feed various animals fruit. It's highly educational. "I'm not entirely sure what just happened to me," said Alec…

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Leader Of The Pack

Edutainment seems to have reached a new plateau of electronical achievement when Minnesota Zoo announce they are releasing an online wolf simulator. Wolfquest allows y'all to pretend to be wolves, either online or offline, learning realistic wolf behaviour like catching sick elk and howling. Is this really what we want from our videogames? The slightly scary child featured in the video has clearly reverted to…

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