Thank you Duderstadt!

I am not sure if any of you have been to the Duderstadt lately, but they recently set up a table on the second floor that has books about video games. I found a couple we had read in class, and some were more specific and focused in on particular video games. I checked out a philosophy book on Zelda, because I am playing Zelda: Ocarina of Time as my game of choice for the semester. It’s called The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy: I Link Therefore I Am. It is great to see that the University of Michigan has so much literature on the topic!

The book starts out with a quote that says: “Are video games as significant a cultural phenomenon as Shakespeare plays or Mozart symphonies?” After taking this class and playing Zelda I’d like to say yes. And this is coming from a girl that loves and respects both Shakespeare and Mozart. I believe that video games have the potential to change our current education system in the same way that Shakespeare changed literature and Mozart changed music forever.

The conversations we have exchanged with both Karen Brennan and Quest to Learn have shown me that video games are already being used as more than just recreation. Though my brother and his playing of League of Legends doesn’t seem all that productive, it at least provides him with an outlet from what is already a highly stressful ninth grade. However, I hope that what is now an escape for him could be integrated into the school system not just in the states, but internationally as well.

I’ll keep you posted with any other insights from what is turning out to be a really interesting book!

Game On: New Location

Just a quick blurb and a brief sales pitch: Game On has moved from State and Packard to 310 State Street. I had never noticed it before but I peered in the other day and it seems neat. Used and new video games galore!


Nintendo > Smart Phones

In this article in the New York Times, Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo, is quoted saying “I fear our business is dividing in a way that threatens the continued employment of those who makes games”. He urges developers to stay away from smart phones, arguing that they are undermining the ‘art form’ of video games. Ironically enough, Steve Jobs just unveiled the new iPad which will undeniably have even more gaming capabilities than the last one and is sure to attract tech geeks all over the world.

I would be interested in hearing what Klopfer has to say about Iwata’s plea to game developers. Could educational video games be Nintendo’s saving grace? Mobile games have already turned that way it seems.

George Lucas on Education

Who knew George Lucas started Edutopia? The man who brought us the force and e-woks also brought us a foundation that is doing everything it can to make technology a priority in our schools. After thinking about it, isn’t Star Wars all about blending mental capabilities with advanced technology? Doesn’t it provide students with humble and capable role models?¬†What if every teacher was like a Ben Kenobi or a Yoda?

The video in the link “Technology Personalizes Learning for Elementary Kids”, online assessments allow teachers to make better lesson plans for their students. Not only does it do this, but the students learn computer skills through the assessment. Next stop: lightsabers and pod races.

To learn more about George Lucas’ foundation, click here!:

Video Games Since 1985

I saw this only a couple hours after class today and found it interesting. I’ve only played a couple of the games (Super Mario Bros and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?). Classics and maybe good choices!