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Will Wright Talks, I Listen
" When Will Wright talks, you shut your filthy little fucking mouth and listen up, god dammit! "@Winternet said:
" Will Wright for President of the World. "Agree 100% :) He could talk about what he had for dinner the other day and I would be fascinated.
This is the first time I've ever heard will wright talk.
It sounds like he really just repeated what's been a cultural phenomenon to "make education fun for the kids!" (I won't use again because education has rarely been fun ever since spartan training) thing and tacked video games into it.
Paul Barnett and Will Wright are two of what I consider the best PR you can have, Paul makes me laugh and gets me enthusiastic about anything he is into. Will Wright on the other hand is a bloody Linguistic Wordsmith, I can sit for hours just listening to how he describes things, he bleeds charisma faster than an Emo bleeds blood.
I've been trying to say the same thing to people about sci-fi to explain why it's so interesting, but most people still just look at sci-fi as space and aliens when it's really just a way to talk about very real things in a different setting. It's just hard for people who have made up their mind already. Same with video games. You tell people you play video games and they look at you as if you are a stupid kid (at least if they are over 35)
"You tell people you play video games and they look at you as if you are a stupid kid (at least if they are over 35) "Who are these people you are telling this to? The average video game player is 35 and while most of the people that I know who are my age don't play videogames much (if at all) anymore for whatever reason (usually responsibilities because they've saddles themselves down with children and other obligations) they hardly look upon people negatively for gaming.
" Will Wright speaks the truth, interactive software is a powerful tool for learning and the fact its so underused for such things is down right crazy.Imagine if you could go to school and instead of having a teacher yell at you and demand you write a 3000 word essay you instead spend your time playing in a virtual world where you are constantly being taught new things.I want to see a company make a game that can be classed as a documentary or a history lesson, their is no reason these kinds of games couldn't be made without still being fun. And that's the key to education, making it enjoyable. "The tools matter less than the teachers and the environment. No tool will compensate for the fact that many (if not most) teachers and school administrations and parent groups operate not under the banner of critical thinking, free thinking, intellectual pursuit, personal growth or other admirable virtues but under the weighty fist of authoritarian because I said so, and inaccurate information that you dare not confront them on for fear of being labeled as a trouble maker.
The school system is designed around producing citizens and workers of the future who obey and don't question. Any sort of knowledge transfer is secondary and any actual critical thinking skills instilled in them is usually just an unfortunate coincidence except for the rare teacher who subverts the entire educational mechanism and teachers to the student for their own true benefit.
Think about how scared you probably were your entire educational career, that if you didn't do everything absolutely perfectly, you would get bad grades and marks in high school and the rest of your entire life would be determined by those little pieces of paper recorded at your school administration office. Did those grades and marks ever matter? No. Once you're out of school, nobody in any position to hire you ever asked you about high school and never cared. It was all a lie to scare you into following the system, even if you had the drive, determination, and passion to be a successful autodidact that achieved in the world.
The kind of tools you speak of, in the hands of the typical educator and educational system, are utterly useless at best and completely counter-productive at worst. Of course it could be fantastic in the proper hands.
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