Even now, in a world permeated by media of all kinds, where middle-school kids spend 40 hours a week in front of a TV or computer, the argument of whether or not video games are useful teaching tools continues. Last week, retired Sandra Day O’Connor weighed in on educational video games in an ABC interview. Her opinion? “They’re fabulous.”
O’Connor is so convinced by the power behind gaming that she is avidly pushing to get educational games in school, speaking out about how great games can be, and working to offer them freely to teachers. She hopes that more focus will be put towards educational games teaching history and civics, as these are two subjects that have been largely ignored by the serious games industry. Says O’Connor, “We’ve had tests done, and the students go up 20 percent in their knowledge by playing those games. It’s just incredible.”
With big names, like O’Connor’s, coming out in favor of the still small serious and educational games industry, perhaps we’ll see more time and effort spent into making quality educational titles.