Spore, A “God Game” Learning System
How would you like to create your own microscopic organism and develop into a complex, unique creature? Spore, a single-player game by Maxis, allows you to do just that. Spore has been called a “god game” by its creators and several journalists, and hailed by some educators as an innovative learning system.
Spore allows a player to control the development of a species from its beginnings as a unicellular organism, through its development as an intelligent and social being, to its mastery of the planet and finally to its interstellar exploration, where it encounters alien species across the galaxy.
For many educators, it sounds like an ideal learning system for concepts like evolution, survival, city development, migration, trade, and biology. But for both kids and adults, it isn’t an overt learning system–it’s just fun to play.
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