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Serious games (SGs) or persuasive games are computer and video games used as persuasion technology or educational technology. They can be similar to educational games, but are often intended for an audience outside of primary or secondary education. Serious games can be of any genre and many of them can be considered a kind of edutainment.

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Monday, 30 July 2007

Two New Virtual “Worlds” For Kids

With the success of Nicktropolis and even more so WebKinz, Club Penguin, and things like GoPets and more (Animal Crossing, anyone?), virtual worlds for kids have become the hot ticket this summer. Two new ones are on their way: one an educational 3D theme park, the other a cool 2D “world” designed in part by Aardman Animations, the outfit behind the excellent Wallace & Gromit cartoons.

The Aardman offering is known as WebbliWorld, and is populated by all kinds of avatars and features beginning for the most part with W- or Webbli-. That’s WebbliWallace above, the avatar I created by sticking together the bits and pieces on offer. Not really an immersive multiuser world, as far as I can tell, WebbliWorld instead offers a range of Flash games and activities designed to educate young ‘uns and inspire them to take on real-world activities like sports or mucking about in the garden. You can view other Webblis profiles, but communication seems limited.

One cool thing about WebbliWorld is that it functions as a junior social network, letting kids build out their WebbliStaks with links to bands, books, and movies that they like. “All content that is added to WebbliWorld by users is moderated by an external, specialist moderation company and by the staff of WebbliWorld,” according to the WebbliWorld parents’ page.

Designed for kids in kindergarten to second grade, JumpStartWorld also seems to lack a multiuser component, but does feature a “3D theme park” that’s also meant to be educational, and that includes a “curriculum based on national and state standards.” Kids’ experiences can be personalized by parents, and kids are drawn through the world via a “mission-based reward system” designed to teach “core math, reading and critical thinking skills.” In addition, “a cutting-edge adaptive learning system responds, offering new adventures based on [kids’] individual achievements.”

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