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PODCAST: Why Video Games Should Be Assigned In Classrooms

November 07,2017 17:21

What if instead of watching a film to start a new course in high school, you played a video game? And not just edutainment games like Mario is Missing! Satchell Drakes and I talk about "tangential learning" -- the idea of being inspired to self-educate ...



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What if instead of watching a film to start a new course in high school, you played a video game? And not just edutainment games like Mario is Missing!
Satchell Drakes and I talk about "tangential learning" -- the idea of being inspired to self-educate about a subject through a familiar medium you already enjoy. To help explore the concept, the two talk to Jared Bauer, the co-creator of the YouTube channel, Wisecrack. His videos function as tongue-in-cheek SparkNotes; the themes of shows like Rick and Morty and South Park are dissected as if they were the assigned reading in a semester of high school English, while literary classics like The Great Gatsby are made digestible through the comedic alter ego Sparky Sweets, PhD in the series Thug Notes. Topics discussed include:
How popular games like BioShock and Metal Gear Solid helped us better understand Objectivism and the Cold War;
The idea of critical thinking and how entertainment like video games can rouse new thoughts on a subject;
The unique ways games are analyzed, specifically due to the mechanics of using a controller in Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

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Also on the episode, Paul Tassi and Erik Kain talk the masterful Super Mario Odyssey and how, along with the Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo is dominating 2017.
Check out the episode on iTunes here.

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