(I’ld like to look at games and how they engage kids by applying the 7 ways games reward that Tom Chatfield talked about in his TED talk – a condensed list can also be found on his blog – see my previous blog on March 16th, 2012.)
At the beginning of a game you are told the rules and that you will be playing against other online gamers. Once you click to start you can wait a bit until a game comes up and then just join. It was great fun to imagine playing with real people.
Looking at the 7 rules of engagement we can see that:
1. No track record
2. My short term aim is to win on this short-time task
(The aim should be more specific, I would think.)
3. My reward is a trophy!!! Yuhuu….
4. Rapid, clear, frequent feedback! YEP! with hint and all.. given by a lovely bee.
5. Nothing uncertain, nothing surprising.
6. The tool has no awareness of my attention span.
7. High scores coming soon is an indicator that at some point I can compare myself to other people’s scores. Plus, I am playing with others, which is great! Though it is a competition and not as a team or as a fight between any of them. Everyone is doing their own thing, but you can see how fast the others are.
Overall – that makes: + = yes – = no / = almost
1- 2- 3+ 4+ 5- 6- 7+
making 3 out of 7 on this game
PS: Notice, I am not evaluating the learning content here – which I think is great and I highly recommend this website and their games. I am just trying to understand how to look at educational games using the 7 rules of engagement.)