education

A School That's Using The Walking Dead Game To Teach Ethics

Telltale’s The Walking Dead series is famous for putting the player in life-or-death ethical quandaries and forcing them to make difficult decisions. A creative teacher could probably use the game to identify moral dilemmas and explore those dilemmas with a class. And as it so happens, one ethics teacher is doing just that.


Pro Gamer Retires So He Can Finish High School

Last night, professional StarCraft II player Kim “duckdeok” Kyeong Deok suddenly announced he was leaving eSports. He’s trading his keyboard and mouse for school books.


SimCity Mod Tries To Make Game Useful

Educational outfit Glasslab Games have taken Maxis’ misguided SimCity and tried to wrestle something genuinely useful out of the thing.


Game Tournament Company Helps Chinese Owners Into University

To the mindset of some parents and many Asian parents, video games are a terrible hobby. However, that might change now with the story of Luo Kehao and Carlos Xu, two young Chinese men who have used video games to gain admittance into two of the world’s most prestigious universities.


A Love Of Learning Is The Guide To Life -- And Video Games

Video games are not a complete and total waste of time. Assassin’s Creed teaches you world history. Metal Gear Solid teaches politics and philosophy. And Cooking Mama teaches you, well, cooking.


Play Video Games And Become An Awesome Surgeon

We know games aren’t the bane of healthcare providers everywhere. Games can do you some physical and mental good, in moderation. But training you to be a pro-surgeon? That’s a bit of a new one to me. Turns out that wielding a controller could make you more proficient at holding a scalpel, saving lives and popping unflattering amounts of vicodin.


Playing Skyrim Equals Course Credits At This US Univesity

The English department at Rice University, to my knowledge the only US university established by the murder of its benefactor, will next semester offer “Scandinavian Fantasy Worlds: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim.” That’s right. You get to play Skyrim for credit. If you’re enrolled at Rice, which is a rather selective institution.


Uni Gaming 101: How I Kept Gaming While Getting A Degree

Uni was good for debauchery, “experimenting” and surprisingly, video games. I guess I learned some things too, but, eh. Academics was the least interesting part of college for me.


Teens Step Up To Launch Portal 2's Space Core

Last week, my misidentification of a laser engraving on a space part suggested the wrong personality core from Portal 2 was symbolically being flown to space (a fate echoing the game’s story.) A team of 18 teenagers from Nevada stepped in to restore order, and properly send the Space Core — or, well, a plushy version of him, anyway — to near space.