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Carmen Sandiago ND

Rare North Dakota-themed Carmen Sandiego game has surfaced


You're darn tootin'!
Feb 18
In the late '80s the Carmen Sandiego series was immensely popular and over 20 states were looking to get in on that red hot edutainment action. Details are sketchy on exactly what happened, but Where in North Dakota is Carme... read
Okay, I'm just going to make the joke, 'Typingfall'
When people say “educational game” I instinctively clench up. I was raised in the heyday of Canadian educational software, with all the impenetrable geography-teaching trucking simulators and embarrassingly stilte... read feature

Draw them like your French girls
Educational games that impart knowledge while remaining entertaining are certified rarities. Too often you're left with staggering amounts of informative material and meager side portions of "game" that contribute to a rather... read feature

Promoted Blog

Adventures of the Gamer-Teacher: 'trigger words' for gamer distraction


Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Oct 05
[Dtoid community blogger RedHeadPeak shares another of his adventures of being a gamer-teacher. For more on this topic, be sure to check out his blog! Want to see your own writing appear on the front page? Go write something!... read
Rocksmith 2014

Rocksmith 2014 rated for PS4 and Xbox One


...but can it teach me how to play "3s & 7s" competently?
Aug 26
Rocksmith 2014 has been rated for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by the ESRB and Korean Game Rating Board, and I'm still sitting here waiting for a new iteration of Guitar Hero. Although Ubisoft hasn't announced any new versi... read
Deals

This Humble Flash Bundle has Putt-Putt and other Humongous titles


24-hour sale
Jul 28
Night Dive Studios brought the likes of Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam, and Spy Fox to Steam earlier this year, and here they are again in this flash sale from Humble Bundle. If you want to go on a nostalgia trip and come... read
Reading Rainbow OUYA

Limited Edition Reading Rainbow OUYA up for grabs now


Hand-signed by LeVar Burton
Jun 27
Late last month we talked a bit about the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter, which is in its last few days now. When it passed $4 million, producer of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (among other, less important things) Seth MacFarlane... read
Pokémon Art Academy

Up your Pokémon fan art game with Pokémon Art Academy


Girl, those Clefairy-drawing skills are mad dope.
Jun 10
We told you about it before, but Pokémon Art Academy now has an official trailer and plenty of lessons to teach you about drawing your favorite monsters. And as we mentioned before, Nintendo really wants to teach you how to draw.  Are you interested in boning up on your Pokémon art skills? read
Art Academy

Be a better class of artist with Wii U's Art Academy


Learn to draw Nintendo characters in style
Jun 10
Nintendo really wants to teach you how to draw. They're sick of your stick figure Mario scribblings and they want to see improved fan art on the horizon. Thus, the Wii U version of Art Academy was born. Learn to draw your ow... read
Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow wants to fly to consoles like PlayStation and Xbox


Take a look, it's on a console
May 30
Confession time: Ever since the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter was announced earlier this week, we've been looking for a reason to write about it. It's a formative relic of our youths, how could we not want to discuss it? With ... read

Holy crap, Sesame Street Fighter is an actual game now


Well it's a typing fighting game but still
Feb 12
Remember that wonderful Sesame Street x Street Fighter crossover art series from way back in 2010? Artist gavacho13 made a pretty funny spoof, and now after all this time it's been turned into an actual game. It's not quite a... read
Kerbal Space Program

Kerbal Space Program is teaming up with NASA


This time your challenge is to land on an asteroid. And not explode
Jan 29
The makers behind Kerbal Space Program are teaming up with NASA to create an educational version of their popular rocket-building sim. I say "rocket-building sim" when KSP is more of a "build a cool rocket and watch it crash ... read
Typing of the Dead

The Typing of the Dead: Overkill DLC goes Shakespeare


The Bard vs. Zombies
Nov 25
I was over the moon when The Typing of the Dead: Overkill was released, as I totally loved the original Typing of the Dead in concept and play. But maybe the text offerings were a little too vulgar for you and you'd appr... read
IGF

Over a record 1000 entries to the 2014 IGF


That's a lot. No really, a lot.
Nov 12
It feels like every year the Independent Games Festival gets bigger and bigger but that's definitely the case with the student prize. There have been over 1000 entrants to the 2014 IGF in total, split between the Main and St... read
Mecanika

Mecanika wants to teach Newtonian mechanics with robots


Robots in motion tend to stay in motion; robots at rest tend to stay at rest
Sep 09
As somebody who has had ideas for using games as tools for education, things like Mecanika are particularly interesting to me. Though physics has become more prominent in games as time has passed, developer CREO wants to uti... read
The Oregon Trail

The original Oregon Trail was made in just two weeks


'We can do that'
Aug 01
For as great of an impact as The Oregon Trail had on me as a kid, I know so very little about the circumstances surrounding its development. As it turns out, they're fairly remarkable. A Mental Floss profile of the game recou... read
Alaska

Alaskan tribal council forms videogame studio


Pretty cool
Jun 24
Development costs are spiraling out of control. Studios are closing left and right. And yet the Cook Inlet Tribal Council of Alaska decided to invest its capital in a videogame company of all things. According to the nonprofi... read
Oh my word

Elmo takes a trip to Silent Hill


The hell that lies underneath Elmo's Letter Adventure
May 10
What was the last game that scared you? Would you believe me if I told you Elmo's Letter Adventure was mine? The above video, captured and narrated by the hilarious guys at Vinesauce, shows off some eerie glitches discovered... read
This and more with developer Steve Swink!
On last Sunday's Sup, Holmes? (now on iTunes) Steve Swink made me look bad. I thought I knew a thing or two about the man, but our discussion revealed that there a lot of important stuff that I had missed, like his work on T... read feature

Monster Hunter

Capcom is holding live Monster Hunter classes on April 20


Earn your degree at Monster Hunter Community College today!
Apr 10
Digging into the finer features of the Monster Hunter series can often feel like academic research. I just want to kill giant dragon creatures, consarnit! It's not like I want to write a graduate thesis on the blasted thing! ... read
Brain Age

Brain Age: Concentration Training makes you feel dumb


Your memory skills are pathetic
Apr 09
The latest entry in Nintendo's line of brain training software, Brain Age: Concentration Training, released to practically no fanfare whatsoever back on February 10. I think it's safe to say that the "brain age" craze has lo... read

Monday Mind Teasers: Word Dynamo


Learn up to ten new words in each round!
Feb 18
Are you ready to flex your brains and have some fun?! That's right, the weekly Monday Mind Teasers are back! It's been so long since I've visited the always-helpful online Dictionary site that I don't even know how long they'... read

President Obama wants game design in high schools


The President looks at the positive effects of gaming in education
Feb 18
Game design programs in high schools can encourage kids to learn math and programming, President Barack Obama said in an online interview with the public. In response to a question about adding programming requirement in publ... read

Gamemaster Howard wants you to be a 'Know-It-All'


Sep 25
Former Nintendo of America spokesman Howard Phillips has been sharing tons of goodies from his personal archives lately, and now he shares a game idea. As the original Nintendo "Gamemaster," he was tasked with knowing the in... read

Game Career Guide will help you get good game jorbs


Jul 15
One of the most asked questions I get as a game journalist is "How do you write crazy awesome game reviews and have non-stop sex with Russian models in the back of bazillion dollar sports cars all the time?" The second most a... read

UK teachers protecting the young with ignorance


Apr 03
Teachers here in Blighty are concerned. They aren't worried about how the curriculum doesn't prepare kids for the real world or how they've simply become training camps for university, no. It's videogames that appear to be ge... read

Smithsonian's 'Art of Video Games' exhibit examined


Mar 23
[Editor's note: Community member Jonathan Chang (Changston on the site!) visited the recent opening of the Smithsonian's new exhibit: The Art of Video Games. Here is his great write-up on the experience. -Chad] Games as art. ... read

CES: Game Changer for iPad probably not a game changer


Jan 11
As many of you are aware, my passion for games extends far beyond the computerized entertainment we all hold so dear. I was raised as much on board games as I was on videogames and I usually love it when those two worlds inte... read

Videogame workshop gets your grandparents game on


Oct 18
My grandma is ace at bowling in Wii Sports -- and yes that is her throwing it down in the pic above (be nice and send some positive energy her way as she's currently in the hospital). But while she may have the natural bowlin... read

Slavery: The Game was a viral for a Dutch documentary


Sep 07
Well, we didn't expect that did we? When you slap an Adults Only rating on a website for a supposed multiplatform game, you know you're being trolled. Funny thing is, most people expected it to be something related to Americ... read

Seminar on working in the Japanese games industry


Sep 02
Japanese high school students and their parents got to hear about the nature of the Japanese games industry at a seminar held at the Tokyo University of Industrial Arts. The panel consisted of CyberConnect2's General Manager ... read

Explore the ocean with The Magic School Bus game


Jul 11
Growing up in the 80's, one of my absolute favorite cartoons was The Magic School Bus. I was entertained by the ridiculous animations, wacky writing  and catchy tunes while actually learning things that I would probably ... read






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