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What Can You Learn From Video Games?

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, December 12, 2006

What can you learn from video games? Pick the right games and the answer is plenty. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Computer and video games that teach have been around since the days of the old Commodore 64 and Texas Instruments computers. A company called Muzzy Lane Software is among the companies taking technology and learning to new levels. Muzzy Lane has been selling a World War II strategy game to schools….and soon will release a consumer version of the title…Making History… The Calm and the Storm. Company president Dave McCool…

"It's a multi-player strategy game that's focused around the events of the 1930s and 1940s. The players play leaders of countries during the World War II period and basically try to lead their country to victory. We shipped that last fall and it's been used primarily in schools …colleges and high schools. It was adopted in roughly fifty schools nationwide."

There are many other World War II games out there…the Call of Duty series being among the more popular titles. Muzzy Lane took a different approach…

"It's not a first person shooter game where there's a lot of blood and gore and direct violence. It's more about how do nations act in the world system… how do they survive… how do they pursue their interests. We think that that has a lot of relevance even to today's events."

And players learn about history and geography, without even trying. There's a free trial version of the game available from Muzzy Lane's Web site. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.