Wednesday, February 01, 2006


"it is more important to achieve a good debate than a good solution."

I don't know if using a videogame would be the best start to a 'good debate.' When I think of this, I think of blogged debates. The blogged 'debates' that I've read are more arguments that attack views and the people behind them. Therefore, I'm not quite sure if this would be the best implementation of videogames/simulations to spark a good debate.

An option that I think may help create a better debate are simulations based on each side of the debate. Take colonialism, for example. By creating two simulations (one from the colony and one from the imperial country) about one person's life within each situation, a person studying it could see where each party was coming from. History is 100% subjective. I think simulations would create a better discussions about why different events took place and who was in the right/wrong or was it all grey area.

Just a thought.


At 11:32 AM, Blogger Yildiz said...

i don't know.. but in simulation.. you will be taking up on a role.. and it might end up in a bloody war rather than in a discussion..

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Julius said...

... and what historian is completely neutral to create such a simulation? I'm sure American and European versions of this simulation would differ a lot.

At 3:52 PM, Blogger Nick Geidner said...

History is written by the winners, but that is neither here nor there. I think simulation in education is a great idea...I don't know what I learned from Oregon Trail, but I know I still remember the game.


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