The Real Homework


Saying I spent more time playing games than studying in college is like saying I spent more time breathing than performing in the circus. Just for the record I've never actually been in the circus that I know of, though I did wake up in clown makeup once. Dr. James Gee realizes this, the part about the games anyway. He'd better not know anything about the Night of Clown Terror. Dr. Gee says about a game that takes 50-100 hours to beat, "Some young person is going to spend $50 on this, yet they won't take 50 minutes to learn algebra. I wanted to know why."

The article above talks about Dr. Gee's research into gaming as an educational tool. It has some gems from professors on both sides of the argument such as Edward C. Smith, the director of the American-studies program at American University. "If this guy thinks that playing some goddamn video game is the equivalent of memorizing a Shakespeare soliloquy, that's crazy." To think this man is in charge of our knowledge of American Studies! What will happen when our children grow up and don't know ... you know, that stuff. Or worse yet, they grow up without memorizing a Shakespeare soliloquy and never know the joy that a well placed Shakespeare quote can bring to a party. Second thought, my kids can probably do without being thrown in the bushes after a rollicking good wedgie.

The article is mainly Dr. Gee explaining his stance on videogames in education and talking to his graduate students who also study gaming. A very informative article that is optimistic about the role of gaming in education, which is a welcome change.


"I do perceive here a divided duty: To you I am bound for life and education; My life and education both do learn me" - Shakespeare, Othello Act I, Scene III

- Elysium

"Super, ultra, presto...TRANSFORM-O!!!!!!" - Chancellor, Chrono Trigger.