Why Games Work – The Science of Learning

Direct Link To Paper: Why Games Work – The Science of Learning. (PS – some external sites do not like direct links to a PDF format, so I used this blog post instead).

A few months ago, I had a realization. At first, it didn’t seem like much. A little side-step from what I was writing about. But, as I worked on it, I realized it was something more: a new idea. It sent chills up my arms. After much research, I couldn’t find many papers on the topic, so… I wrote my own.

The paper is: Why Games Work – The Science of Learning. It will officially be published/presented at the Modsim World 2011 Conference in October. But I want to open it up to get early feedback. Maybe I missed something. Maybe it’s been covered already. Help me refine the idea. Shout out and let me know.

Here’s the idea in a nutshell: the things that are known to improve learning are almost exactly the reasons why games work. In other words, games work because of the laws of learning.

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