Deconstructing Learning Games: The Oregon Trail

Game designer Brendon Trombley wrote this article about measuring the effectiveness of learning games. One can measure the effectiveness of learning games by determining if the mechanics of the game are oriented in such a way as to help the player accomplish the game’s learning goals. The strength of the relationship between mechanic and goal is of particular concern. The 1985 game The Oregon Trail named after the famous 1840s expedition serves as the backdrop of this analysis. It is argued, for example, that the inclusion of maps for each resting location will allow the player to know information about the terrain for safety purposes. Deconstructing Learning Games: The Oregon Trail

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