Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts, has a new vision for games, he wants to create video games that will teach children about emotional intelligence. Social development and learning experts are creating a new game called If.
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Video games have become a data-driven industry. Games evolve depending on player’s choices, and these new technology could be a used for education.
Trip Hawkins done similar thing for sports games, he brought together game designers and athletes to create Madden NFL, the game that became famous. This time he is hoping to analyse the data on how people play video games and incorporate given results into an educational video game.
"It's incredibly important," said Hawkins. "In the past you couldn't do it at all because the customer was playing a game in the basement on a machine that's not hooked up to the Internet. Once you bring the Internet into the equation, it's much easier to figure out what your problem is and how to improve the product."
Hawkins is positive that a good video game can teach kids empathy, how to control negative emotions, and listen to each other.
The game If, developed for iPad, is set in the Greenberry, a world in which cats and dogs don’t get along well, and animals can die. To help kids work through it, they have incorporated a virtual counselling session to teach kids deep breathing exercises, along with a dialogue about feelings of loss.
While kids progress through the If game, they will rebuild the Greenberry village and collect magical creatures to enhance their power.
Hawkins had set himself a hard task this time. It won’t be easy to implement things like loss of an animal in a game and still maintain the fun aspect of a game.
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