Games in the real world

on November 15, 2013


School can be considered as a game in real life. It is typically thought of as the complete opposite of a game but there are still a lot of similarities. When the word “school” comes up, people automatically think of words such as “boring”, “homework”, and “classes”. When the word “games” come up, people automatically think of words such as “fun”, “exciting” and “addicting”. But there are a lot of similarities between these two completely different subjects. For example, many games have different levels the gamer needs to pass. Each level gets harder the more you play but it is still reachable. Schools also have “levels” or “grades” where each student must pass all of them in order to graduate. Every year gets harder but it is still reachable. 

Many games also have problems, scenarios and enemies the gamer needs solve or beat. School has classes that give out home work, projects and essays the students need to do in order to keep their grades up.

Games have a way to keep score on how the gamer is doing. It could be a number score, a level score, or how much the gamer has completed tasks. School uses grades to keep score on each student. If they are getting good grades and keep doing their homework, the grade will be good. If the student is struggling then the grades will be lower.

School is a great composition. It has worked for thousands of years and it is still doing a great job teaching students. It is still developing and getting even better in the future.


2 responses to “Games in the real world

  1. bakermr2017 says:

    I completely agree with Miwa. I used a similar example for my “non-typical game.” I used tests as an example.I really liked your connection to the “levels” in school.My only question would be aren’t games considered to be optional? Is school really an optional thing?

  2. Meghan McGuff says:

    I found it very interesting that you chose to compare school to a game. You’re right, it does fit many of the characteristics of a game used in the definitions created by Jane McGonigal and Will Wright. School teaches problem solving and students must be determined to succeed in order to put in the necessary time and effort to do work. Also school has a goal of graduating or receiving a degree, rules, like no cheating and work must be completed on time, and feedback in the form of grades and comments from professors.

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