Last September, the Quest to Learn school opened in New York. Its aim? To educate kids almost entirely though the use of video games.
There are 72 students at the school, which uses games, game design and game programming to teach children almost everything they'd traditionally have learnt from books.
"Games are exceptionally good at engaging kids," Quests' Katie Salen says. "They drop kids into complex problems where they fail and fail, but they try again and again." Which gives them one over regular school problems, where many kids try, fail, then don't try again.
It's hoped that the current crop of students can continue to be educated via games throughout high school, though they will still have to take New York's mandatory, standardised tests, same as everyone else.
Quest is the culmination of almost three years worth of work, which first began in 2007 when Salen and the Institute of Play were awarded $US1.1 million in funding from the MacArthur Foundation.