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06 March, 2014

Why Not Teach Kids History With A 3D Platformer?

I stumbled on an interesting Kickstarter today from a studio known as Serious Games – aptly named, as you will find out. The team is looking to revolutionise the way that history is taught in schools, by making 3D action-adventure games that stay true to historical fact, but allow the player to actually engage in the “lessons” as a player character.

As you’ll see from the trailer below, the developer’s first foray down this interesting path is called Playing History: Vikings, and it’s got a kind of PS2-era 3D platformer vibe going on that looks like a heck of lot more fun than Miss Longbottom’s morning lectures on how people used to die a lot.

It’s a neat idea, probably well ahead of its time given that there is still a generation of society we need to flush out before gaming reaches its critical mass of acceptance, so you should throw a few bucks at it. Especially since iOS support is a stretch goal. Here is the Kickstarter page.

In the interim, you might as well get your Viking on in Rovio’s under seen little gem, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage – grab it here.

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