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10:00 PM on 02.18.2015

Rare North Dakota-themed Carmen Sandiego game has surfaced

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...

Jason Faulkner



Mecha Trigger made me feel real dumb before it made me feel (kind of) smart photo
Mecha Trigger made me feel real dumb before it made me feel (kind of) smart
by Nic Rowen

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 stilted STD/drug awareness adventure games you could ever stand to play. But Mecha Trigger, developed by the game design and development specialization at Michigan State University is a different breed of learning-game.

It glides in stealth bomber style, undetected by the alarm systems and internal klaxons that normally weed out Mavis Beacon and her ilk by dressing up its lesson-work under the guise of giant robots blowing the shit out of each other.

As far as disguises go, it's hard to do better.

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Review: Pokémon Art Academy photo
Review: Pokémon Art Academy
by Brittany Vincent

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 lopsided product.

Pokémon Art Academy is an interesting blend of both, with useful tips and tricks, drawing instruction, and helpful guidance for fledgling artists or those who simply want to learn how to draw their favorite Pocket Monsters. It's just like the learn-to-draw books you could pick up at the store, but with real-time feedback.

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2:00 PM on 10.05.2014

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

[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!...

RedHeadPeak


6:30 PM on 08.26.2014

Rocksmith 2014 rated for PS4 and Xbox One

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...

Brittany Vincent

4:00 PM on 07.28.2014

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

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...

Jordan Devore

8:30 PM on 06.27.2014

Limited Edition Reading Rainbow OUYA up for grabs now

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...

Darren Nakamura

3:33 PM on 06.10.2014

Up your Pokémon fan art game with Pokémon Art Academy

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?

Brittany Vincent

2:19 PM on 06.10.2014

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

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...

Brittany Vincent

9:00 PM on 05.30.2014

Reading Rainbow wants to fly to consoles like PlayStation and Xbox

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 ...

Brett Makedonski

8:00 PM on 02.12.2014

Holy crap, Sesame Street Fighter is an actual game now

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





3:30 PM on 01.29.2014

Kerbal Space Program is teaming up with NASA

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 ...

Alasdair Duncan

12:45 PM on 11.25.2013

The Typing of the Dead: Overkill DLC goes Shakespeare

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...

Conrad Zimmerman

10:30 AM on 11.12.2013

Over a record 1000 entries to the 2014 IGF

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...

Alasdair Duncan

4:30 PM on 09.09.2013

Mecanika wants to teach Newtonian mechanics with robots

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...

Darren Nakamura

11:30 PM on 08.01.2013

The original Oregon Trail was made in just two weeks

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...

Jordan Devore