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Think of the children: Marlene Perrotte are taking up the good fight against video games where Jack Thompson left off. She and other parents in Albuquerque are fighting an educational math videogame which they claim is making children victims of "addiction" and exposing them to "violent" content like jetpacks.  (Source: KOAT-TV)
"What they recall is not the prime number ... but rather getting through to the enemy" -- concerned parent

Video games have their perpetual enemies -- poor adaptation, perverts, and slipping release deadlines.  However, perhaps the most insidious foe of video games is the perennial cry to ban games because they are too "violent", too "addictive", or feature too many "adult themes."

Albuquerque, New Mexico fell victim to this familiar foe when it tried to educate children using a mathematics-themed video game.  The local schools received a Department of Defense grant to deploy Tabula Digital's DimensionM to local schools, to help bump up children's math test scores.

Tabula Digital describes the game as having "all the action and adventure of commercial-quality video games while practicing and reinforcing the skills they need to succeed in math."  One middle school teacher called it "a 21st century flash card... They can use jetpacks and at the same time they have to know what the associative property is."

Not all local parents are as impressed, though.  Some are leading a crusade to see the game banned.  KOAT-TV, a local TV station, has been covering the bizarre protests.  One parent, Marlene Perrotte, comments, "We are feeding the addiction of these children to video games.  They were all excited, and they were excited because of the violence -'I'm getting ahead, I'm getting ahead, I'm getting ahead.'"

In a furor that would make even Jack Thompson proud, she raves, "What they recall is not the prime number ... but rather getting through to the enemy!"

Thus far, Albuquerque schools have no plans to drop the educational title amid the apparent outrage of a handful of parents.  DimensionM will continue to keep kids addicted -- to learning mathematics.  And that might just be a pretty great thing, considering math competency worldwide has been slipping.

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RE: Meh
By JasonMick on 6/8/2010 1:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
Number Munchers > This crap.

Personally I would be inclined to agree with you there, but I would argue the basic premise of teaching math or other subjects with video games should not be discounted. Whether on a computer or off, its important to remember that teachers have found that games (physical or digital) are one of the best ways to reinforce topics.

And as much as I loved Number Munchers, Odell Lake, Oregon Trail, etc., I think that it's easy to let nostalgia make you discount current products. I'm sure some kids will look back on DimensionM someday and be like

"DimensionM > This crap [whatever educational video games are made in 20 years...]"

RE: Meh
By Chernobyl68 on 6/8/2010 1:55:28 PM , Rating: 2
Oregon Trail FTW

RE: Meh
By morphologia on 6/8/2010 5:00:35 PM , Rating: 2
Right on!!!!!!

Forget math, kids need to learn how to kill buffalo and grizzly bears to feed their family, and the best way to ford a river.


RE: Meh
By IcePickFreak on 6/8/2010 5:25:10 PM , Rating: 2
And also makes you want to find the cure for diseases, like typhoid and cholera.

RE: Meh
By Cullinaire on 6/8/2010 7:46:47 PM , Rating: 2
It is the perfect tool to tell kids that the best way to make money/survive is to have money. (Choose the banker!)

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