I am Yuji Yamamoto, a producer at a Japanese company called AWESOME JAPAN inc.
On August 20, 2014, I will be launching a kickstarter campaign: “PALEON”, a board game about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.
When I was a child, I didn’t really like studying, and my parents would scold me for playing video games every day.
So I thought, why not play games and learn at the same time?
I think parents wouldn’t scold them for playing and learning at the same time, since they’d be using their time productively and having fun.
Many elementary school classrooms have a collection of board games, and educational games like PALEON would be more useful than traditional, popular tabletop games like Connect Four. Lots of kids (especially boys!) like dinosaurs, too.
But I’m not sure if educational games like PALEON would be accepted by parents and teachers. It has well-researched information and teaches strategy, but doesn’t support a specific skill set like “Math” or “History”, unlike other educational games. There may also be people who like to separate “work” and “play”.
Please let me hear your opinions about educational games and PALEON. Would kids enjoy it? Do you use educational games (tabletop and electronic) in your classrooms and homes? Or do you enjoy old school tabletop games? Would teachers and parents be interested?
I’m sorry if this gives off too much of a “marketing” vibe. I wanted to hear your opinions as educators (and parents). Looking forward to your discussions!
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