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Leisure videogame with educational potential
Name of the videogame/app
Game Dev Tycoon
Name of the producer
How to find it
To be Purchased
Main technical requirements
Windows, Linux, Ios, Android, Xbox
Mac OS X
Native Virtual Reality Support
Educational, Simulation, Strategy
12-17 years, 18+ years
Use in Educational contexts
Degree of required tutoring
Autonomous use after teacher introduction/explanation
Math, Natural Sciences, ICT, Languages, Technology, Arts and Music
In Game Dev Tycoon you replay the history of the gaming industry by starting your own video game development company in the 80s. Create best selling games. Research new technologies and invent new game types. Become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fans.
This videogame can assist children in setting goals, ensuring goal rehearsal, providing feedback, reinforcement and maintaining records of behavioural change. According to the fact that this video game is intended to teach players to create, develop and sell their own video games on the market, it improves their perception of business development in entertainment industry and how to manage it successfully. Thus, this may stimulate their learning because this video game allows participants to experience novelty, curiosity and challenge. Also, in order to create a great video game, children must be equipped with state-of-the art technology (considering the contribution of expressive elements such as graphics, storytelling and music). In addition, even if the quality of the content is more related with entertainments, it still strongly effects the knowledge of children about Economics (rules on the market), Math (player have limited amount of money), Information and Communication technology (aim – to create and develop a video game on the market) and Language (must to know English).
The content from itself is without any misleading messages or information. The only risk depends on participant if he or she creates a violent video game with an inappropriate content.
Learning Object / Suggested activities with students
This video game could be used during Economics or ICT lessons. The scenario might be the same for both lessons: create your first video game in order to sell it on an entertainment industry and get a real profit from it. During the whole process students should write down the sale strategy of their product, underline its advantages, describe the whole process and predict profits and threats of your created video game. During ITC lesson player's game development skills will be improved.
Skills and competences
Skills and competences acquired
This video game improves a few soft skills regarding decision making, problem solving because the main aim here is to create a game in your way. The decisions player make during development really matter. Decide which areas you want to focus on. Does your game need more gameplay or should you focus more on quests? These decisions will have a major impact on the success of your game. Furthermore, this game has other features such as design and create games, start a game development company, research new technologies, create custom game engines. All these features let players of this game to improve their creativity as well as self-confidence and critical thinking.
Critical thinking, Problem solving, Creativity, Self-confidence