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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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Other possible game tasks ?
By tygrus on 6/9/2010 9:45:03 AM , Rating: 2
The following are NOT recommended for children's mathematical education:-
* If there is 1 guy and 5 of his mates, how many friends do you need for 2 against one in your favour.

* If the gun accuracy is 1cm per 2m you stand away, how far away can you be and still be within 12cm of the middle of the dummy chest?

* If the deer is moving 5meters per second, what distance should you lead the deer with a 0.2s gun delay ?

* If you can test 1 permutation per second, how long will it take to crack a permutation lock of 3 dials of 0 to 9?
* How many boxes does it take to make a bed ?
* How many newspaper sheets does it take to create a blanket ?
* If a twenty dollar bill weighs 2grams, how much does $1M of $20 bills weigh?
If each story is 3m apart and the window sill is 1m above the floor, how far would you fall out the third story window?

Please excuse the non-American spelling and metric units, I live in Australia.




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