Essen 2018 - Games Where You Learn By Accident

Release Date: Nov. 5, 2018

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Running Time:   42 min.

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There are plenty of games available that are trying to teach you something. And, by and large, the more overtly educational a game tries to be, the less likely it will succeed. Their heart might be in the right place, but self proclaimed educational games cannot get out of their own way.

That’s because they’re not really games. They are learning exercises dressed up like games. And they’re just plain no fun.

This panel sits at the intersection between learning and play and fun.

There are many games that offer up legitimate opportunities for learning, but they do it by offering up an equal measure of fun. This means learning through play. Not despite it, because of it! 

And when this happens the learning feels almost accidental. You don’t even realize you’ve absorbed some knowledge or basic concept  until the game is over. These games are sneaky. And while this learning might seem accidental, it’s not!

Our panelists know this better than most. We explore the sneaky ways we learn through play. How games promote this type of learning and how to achieve it. 

The panel:

Tanya Thompson (Hasbro, HATCH)

Phil Eklund (Sierra Madre Games)

Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro (What's Your Game?)

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.


Phil Eklund  |  Sierra Madre Games |  FB

Tanya Thompson  |  HATCH |  FB

Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro  |  What's Your Game | Twitter