View Poll Results: Would you like a video game to help you study English?

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  • Yes! This would be a fun way to learn and comunicate with other learners/teachers

    914 92.79%
  • Not sure/ don't care

    27 2.74%
  • No. Video games are for fun, not education

    44 4.47%
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    Re: Video Game for Learning English

    I've asked someone to test the Japanese.

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    Re: Video Game for Learning English

    It worked fine on a Japanese OS (XP)

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    Re: Video Game for Learning English

    That's good to hear.

    I've finished marking and submitted all of my university student's exams so I'll have time to hammer out a more interesting demo with a moving character this week.

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    Re: Video Game for Learning English

    I am looking forward to it.

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    Question Re: Video Game for Learning English

    I voted it for 3. I also played some games in Pure English Language. But maybe it needs more time to know limited words in the english version games. If you don't use them frequently, you also will forget them. Normally, the words is not used in the daily life.
    This is my point.

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    Re: Video Game for Learning English

    I think you've misunderstood the thread, Roy. It isn't about using english video games to learn English, though people and even schools do. It is about creating games that are especially for learning English.

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    Re: Video Game for Learning English

    What about RPG games they have lot of hard english words.

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    Re: Video Game for Learning English

    Yes, that is the route I am pursuing. RPGs are ideal for practicing comunication, though even now, most of them just have NPCs waiting around mindlessly to offer the player a limited choice of conversational input-response.

    Basically, what is needed is something like a conversation simulator within the game world to provide learners with a practice environment for real world English conversations.
    Last edited by A.Russell; 04-Aug-2006 at 07:32.

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    Re: Video Game for Learning English

    I haven't posted for quite a while so time for an update.

    We have a team, a fairly beefy design document, a pile of artwork, a prototype in progress, and even some publisher interest.

    I would like to post some images of the project, but the forum won't allow it. Instead, here is a fictional visualisation by writer Frank Blisset:


    A bright, white orb hovered just in front of Nyara and CUI as they made
    their way through the cave. Before long, the cave broadened into a large
    chamber. In the middle of the room was a rock, standing almost a
    meter from the floor like a stubby pillar. Beyond this, a giant circle
    was carved into the far wall.


    Nyara and CUI entered the chamber and were startled by a gentle voice
    echoing off the walls.


    “Welcome Nyara.”


    “Who are you?” asked Nyara


    “Cui knows who I am.”


    “Cui?”


    The weasel scratched his chin and smiled, “You are the Red Sorceress, princess
    of stones.”


    “Yes, I am! Your quest is long. Be careful! There is danger in the forest. The evil wizard wants to take over the world! I will give you a magic item to help you, but you have to pass a test.”


    Crystals began to grow around the little pillar. The crystals shimmered a bit, then each glowed with a separate color.


    “Come to the pillar!”


    “CUI, will you help me?”


    “Yes, kitten. I will help you.”


    Nyara tiptoed to the pillar and looked down at the crystals. Each not
    only had its own color, but also had a different shape.


    “Ready,”she whispered.


    Touch the red square,” the spirit voice said.


    Nyara thought for a moment and touched the one she thought was correct.
    Immediately, a portion of the edge of the circle along the far wall
    glowed red. A bright light started its way around the circle, and the
    crystals on the pillar slid into the stone. They reappeared, but with
    different colors and shapes.


    “Touch the blue circle.”


    Nyara complied. A blue light appeared on the far wall, right next to the
    red one, while the bright light continued around the circle. The
    crystals reset themselves.


    “Touch the white square.”


    The process repeated.


    “Touch the yellow triangle.”


    Nyara paused. Her hand hovered over one crystal, then another. Along the
    wall, the bright light finished its first circuit and the red light
    disappeared.


    “No fair!”


    “Touch the yellow triangle.”


    In a panic, Nyara touched the wrong crystal and the bright light jumped
    halfway around the circle.


    CUI flew to her side, “don't worry, try it again.”


    Nyara took a deep breath and reached out to one of the crystals. A
    yellow light added itself to the circle.


    “You did it!” Nyara completed the circle of lights. When the last was added, the lights started spinning around the circle till they became a shimmering blur. A long crease appeared up the middle of the circle, and the two halves slid into the rock wall, revealing another chamber.


    “Come Nyara. I have a magic item for you.”
    Fiction by Frank Blisset

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    Re: Video Game for Learning English

    Quote Originally Posted by A.Russell
    I would like to post some images of the project, but the forum won't allow it.
    Hi. Feel free to PM or email me via my profile and I'll try to help resolve this.

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