How many, how much and why? How will you pick a learning game for your job or your spouse?
Just like how a cook will reach for one recipe every time, more often than not, when it comes to learning or in need of an add on to your work that is, you’ll most likely pick one for a simple reason that no matter the topic, it sounds simple, makes sense, and fits with your personality. Well, that said, let’s take a look at some characteristics that we all share with each other when it comes to our preferences and how we’ll ultimately select the best learning game for your job or whatever you’re lacking in your skillset, especially in the realm of learning.
Choice Loops or Pods: The choice loop was a place that could be split. In some textbooks, you would get two distinct options, but in the learning game, the options are unlimited, and I’d argue that the choice loop is one of the most difficult to get. I’ve read books on many topics and I’m still trying to figure out what one will actually match all of my skills, and knowing what one will do will have a much more definite feeling on how that course will take than simply choosing a stack of “piecework.” After reading a whole series of choices, sometimes I’m left wondering what exactly I did, or how it was. So, the dynamic to get accustomed to or better understand what you’ve picked will have to be tried, and you’ll have to figure out how to access the whole time with ease, if you want to be successful. Not always such a bad thing, but if you’re looking for rigor, understanding that everything just fits you and perfectly fit will make you wonder why you did it that way.
Fun: There is not a better feeling than having learned something, and it’s not just a learning sense, but how does it make you feel. One of the many gripes I have on my typing test is that all of the options may have made it quicker, but not necessarily in a fun way. I’ve learned a great deal through playing around with Photoshop on Instagram, but don’t exactly think of that as “fun.” Learning is fun, and learning is a great feeling, it’s how you create the learning loops. One of the problems I see with many tutorials and learning games is that they feel like a bad case of the jitters, getting anxious to do something you might not need to do in order to get good grades. I’ve heard many things about how learning is a choice, and sure, you could pick the lesson you’re currently filling in because it’s appropriate, but I think picking the lesson you chose is the easiest way to find this learning style at play.
Manipulation: Throughout the evolution of education, and learning is no different, we’ve all learned by having to do things, by having to challenge ourselves. Whether that be reading, studying, or learning – it’s often not a passive solution. This is one of the main ways learning is not boring, and is a way to stretch you out, but in school, you could be there to “teach” something, and you may not be able to take something as completely as you can in a learning game. Where things often can go from fascinating to boring, but in games, you have the opportunity to transform things around you, and from suddenly sleeping your way through a writing test to having done thousands of perfect equations by sleep, it’s like the characters have to keep changing and grow in the opposite ways, and those emotions are part of what makes the games so great.
So, there you have it, some characteristics to consider when picking out the best learning game, but no concrete science on the most popular method. If you have any recommendations or favorite games, let us know!