Sunday, February 8, 2009

Playing the Future

The 21st century might just herald in the era of playing and games. Just like the 19th century is remembered as the Industrial Age (left) and the 20th century is seen as the Information Age (center), the 21st century seems to be developing into something around the nature of games, playing and simulations.

Learning today is more game-like and we are learning more and more about the principles of designing learning around concepts of play. Tracy Fullerton has written a book called "Game Design Workshop: A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games." (right) The book isn't about the hardware or the software but is more about the principles of designing good games.

The principles of good game design carry lessons for everyone in education or any other human enterprise today. Games are an integral part of all known human cultures. We are just beginning to learn why and how games are the way we will learn and live today as we have throughout history.

Click on the heading above to check out a "Games in Education" video with Henry Jenkins and James Gee at the Serious Games Institute site - http://www.seriousgames.org/

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