Will Xbox, Sesame St, Nat Geo and Disney create the perfect educational game?
The way children learn in the modern world still baffles me. The fact that they are now able to pick up a device, find a game and play it just like that is a clear example of how simple interfaces and user friendly devices are making online games more accessible to the children of the future.
It has already been heavily debated whether or not devices or computer games are beneficial to children and I have already decided that I probably won’t let mine watch the TV or play computer games. However, I have always approved of the “educational” variety. As a child I was provided with computer games based around puzzles, spelling tests and memory recall. I still believe that making learning fun has endless benefits to children, regardless of the generation they come from.
In 2012, the latest in educational games, codenamed Rush, will feature a cross between some of the most well known brands of the past and present. The game was created with Microsoft’s commitment to supporting eduction in mind, collaborating with Sesame Street Workshop, National Geographic and the Games for Learning Institution. It features an Xbox 360 console and its Kinect device that effectively turns your body into the controller (which is always better than sitting on the couch) and allows interaction with characters from Sesame St or exploring the wildlife world as one of the native animals in Kinect NatGeo TV.
This isn’t the only educational game that will come out next year, there will be others developed featuring the uber-partnership of Microsoft Studios and Disney’s Pixar – rumour has it, one of them features a race between characters of our most well known and loved Pixar films.
Let’s just say, as much as I don’t necessarily approve of games for children. There is one thing I always loved – that was Sesame St, it might be biased to say that I would like any game featuring any part of the Sesame St clan. The icing on the cake for me was watching Cookie Monster’s Public Service Announcement on the importance of Parental Control – well let’s just say his attempt of a PSA.
I may have to find an Xbox 360 with a Kinect device and a kid just so I can try out the game!