Online Educational Games In The New Millennium

The future of higher education will involve:

A) The same traditional classroom structure we’ve had for hundreds of years;

B) It does not matter- dolphins will take over the earth;

C) Robots will teach us all; or

D) The use of interactive software in combination with distance learning to supplement current programs

Okay, so you probably don’t think that artificial intelligence will advance so rapidly that robots will become our primary teachers and you probably don’t even think dolphins will take over the earth! What you might be aware of is that the internet is changing the way that education is being administered. You may have taken a distance-ed course or you may have even taken a class that came with a nifty little software package that let you work with the material.

The problem, however, is that not all subjects can be administered through a computer. Sure, one could argue that programs such as accounting, history, or statistics could be completely learned from a distance. After all, these subjects do not necessarily require any face-to-face interaction, but what about programs that do? Clearly, learning a language without face-to-face interaction would be like training for a marathon by running on a treadmill. Marketing and communication programs require face-to-face interactions so that students can learn to make persuasive arguments and presentations. All of the science labs require the presence of students. After all, how many of you would want a doctor that had only practiced on a virtual human. So if the computer cannot solve all our educational needs, what is the answer?

The answer is an integrated approach. If you are anything like this author, you learn 100 times better when you are engaged in the material. Thus, a really well done CD or internet site with interactive games and quizzes will force the students to interact with the material. This distance learning approach must be used as a supplement to traditional classroom methods as it cannot be a substitute for team building, face-to-face questions and answers, or building oral communication skills. All that said, many things currently done in the classroom can be moved online. Group discussions and question sessions can be accomplished via forums and chat sessions, certain scientific concepts learned in lab can be learned through interactive video, and even certain grammar basics of languages can be learned through interactive voice recognition software.

In high school and even some college courses, I was bored out of my mind as long-winded, verbose (yes, that was redundant on purpose) lecturers would go on and on about historical battles or the biochemistry translation process. At the time, I just figured such subjects were inherently boring. After all, how excited could one get about the battle of 1812 or the process by which proteins are formulated? But as I grew older, I became interested in things that I thought I disliked! A movie or an interesting article might turn me on to a subject I previously thought was about as interesting as paint drying. What the heck was going on? I was more engaged in the subject matter, that’s what! And so my crystal ball tells me that even though professors may be going nowhere, fun, educational, interactive games- well, they’re coming!

Why Should There Be More Free Online Games?

Video games are no longer the preserve of geeky computer nerds, as people of all ages and backgrounds are starting to play them. This is understandable to a certain degree, since it is a fun way to spend time, though it is a wonder that video games have taken off in the way that they have considering their price. If you want to purchase one, it can be extremely expensive, so more and more people are turning to the Internet to find free online games. This is definitely the way the industry is moving, as companies seek to reduce piracy and encourage casual gamers to play more frequently.

It therefore makes sense to increase the number of free online games that are available. Everyone has their own taste, which means there needs to be online games which appeal to a wide range of people. Some people like shooting, some people like fantasy, whilst some are more interested in arcade games. The more games there are to choose from online, the more people will be playing them. This is good news for companies that develop these games, especially if they decide to use advertisements to make a profit. People are usually prepared to endure advertisements and product placement if it means they can play for free.

With more free online games available, developers will be forced to improve their products and push the boundaries further to create interesting and challenging games that appeal to a wide range of people. The Internet has made it much easier for amateur programmers to develop their own games, as enthusiasts share their passion and experience with others. Gaming enthusiasts are obviously more aware of what their fellow gamers want from a game than companies whose primary focus is making a profit. Many programmers are not in it for the money, but because they want to create games which people actually want to play.

The Internet has made it so much easier for people to connect with others who have similar interests and this is one of the reasons why people prefer to play online. When you play games online, you can play alongside or against people who are thousands of miles away. There is a real sense of community in the gaming world, as individuals seek to collaborate on gaming projects as well as beat them in competition! It is for this reason that consoles have had to adopt an online feature, since people were keen to connect with fellow gamers.

The vast scale of information and resources available over the Internet means that you don’t really expect to have to pay anything when accessing games or music. This may not be good news for companies that want to generate huge profits by charging you over-the-odds for products and services, but it is of definite benefit to consumers. As a gamer, you can already find a wide range of online games which cost nothing, though there is always room for more, since the more there are, the more people will play.

Flying The Skies With Flight Simulation Games

I’ve never taken flight lessons. I’ll never become a real pilot. Yet from the comfort of my couch, I’m able to fly through the blue skies, pulling up the throttle and making loops. Flight simulation games are a great way to learn to fly a plane, whether you are doing it for sheer enjoyment or because it’s something that you’re looking at doing for a living.

Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo all manufacture flight simulation games. Some even have special controllers, just like the steering wheels for racing games. It’s a very realistic feel, especially when there’s a large scale television to stare into, allowing me more room to soar through the sky and learn to stick my landing. Many of the games allow me to choose the kind of plane that I want to pilot for the day. I’ll be able to fly WWII fighter jets, Cessnas, floatplanes, and even an Airbus.

Some of the games allow a better feel of actually piloting a plane whereas others focus on simply flying. I prefer the ones where I can feel like I’m sitting in the cockpit with full access of the controls.

No matter the plane, I’ll be able to pick from a variety of backgrounds and scenarios to fly into. I can fly over Germany, France, New York or simply a blue sky. I can fly in rain or shine, or into enemy fire. There’s a flight simulation game for everyone. I like to change it up a little bit. I can take my aggression out on the Germans in a WWII simulation game and tease my flights of fantasy by flying into outer space and checking out other galaxies.

Flight simulation games have gained in popularity. They were originally designed for flight schools to allow students to learn the basics in flight before going up in a real plane where the ability to crash was a lot more real. As a result of flight schools wanting to make a strong learning platform, I’ve got a great game to play whenever I want. And best of all, I don’t have to pay for jet fuel!

There are a variety of flight simulation games on the market, all allowing me to play a little different. I can fly for the sake of flying. I can learn how to do barrel rolls and other aerobatics. Or I can fly combat style, shooting enemy planes while maneuvering my plane through open fire. All of these are great ways of entertaining myself, but it may provide for a practical application one day. You never know – I could be on a plane and the pilot may be injured. With my expertise on the video game console, I may be able to pilot a real plane in a crisis situation!