Saturday, September 12, 2009

Ren Reynolds points out irony of creating an online game that urges children to go play outside rather than stay inside interacting with their computers. Neighborhood Explorers was created by the Fish and Wildlife Service. However, several of the examples involve urban wildlife close to home such as hawks, deer, and owls, and the site provides tips about spotting their habitats. However, it looks like whoever designed this website somehow didn't get the memo about the problem of unintentionally creating a "creepy treehouse." Furthermore, the skill-and-drill quizzes don't feel much like a genuine game and so this opportunity to create an interesting playable simulation about the environment is lost.

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