Blog Post 2: First Attempts

Growing up, I was never that into video games. My parents never bought them for my brother and me until we were about 10 years old, and even then I didn’t really understand what the big deal was. My brother was very into them, but I was always more content watching him play video games than actually playing them.

However, I feel that this is a good opportunity to actually try video games that are different from ones that I may have been exposed to. The game that I have chosen to play is called Urbanology.

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Going into playing this game, I thought that I would be designing my own city and going through various simulations and trials to make the city function well and be sustainable. I was wrong.

This game was more like a quiz where I answered 10 questions based on what I would do if I ran a city.

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After I answered the questions, I could see the percentage of other people who answered the same. The graphics on this game are very nice, because it not only tells me what percentage of users agreed with me, but it also gives me a visual representation of it.

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If a User wanted to, they could click on “Current Score” to see how their answers to the questions effected their score. Users are scored over eight different categories: Innovation, Transportation, Health, Affordability, Wealth, Lifestyle, Sustainability, and Livability. After each question, these levels could go up, down, or be unchanged depending on the User’s answer.

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At the end of the quiz I saw what real-life city most resembled the city I had created. In my case, this was San Francisco. Urbanology decided this based on my highest priority of Affordability and my lowest priority of Wealth.

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In doing this game a number of times, I also got my city as Tokyo and London, so this game is not very consistent.

I thought that this game would be closer to a video game than it actually was. I didn’t feel that I was influencing anything or that my answers had any meaning besides what city I should live in. I was disappointed in it.

I think in the future I will pick a different game, because I really didn’t learn anything. And when it comes to fitting video games into an educational context, I believe that learning something in the process of playing the game is the most important thing.

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3 thoughts on “Blog Post 2: First Attempts

  1. zactoth says:

    Carly, there are many thoughts and comments that I have on your above blog post on video gaming. First, I can relate to you so much when you say that you were content with watching your brother play video games. Although I always wanted to play video games, at first I enjoyed watching my older brothers playing games and learning a lot from them. A question I have for you is what video games did you used to play during that time?

    Secondly, I want to talk about your video gaming experience with the game you played for this class. When I was reading your blog post, your description of the game made it seem very boring and uneventful. In order to see if this was true, I went and played your game. My suspicions were correct, the game was boring and I did not have fun what so ever. With that being said, I found it somewhat interesting and it educated me on a new place in the world. I noticed your city was San Francisco, mine was Mumbai. I never heard of Mumbai but I looked it up and discovered that it is a very wealthy city in India.

    Lastly, I just have a few questions on your gaming experience. Despite the fact that you did not learn anything, do you recommenced the game to other people? Also, what do you think can be added to improve the game and make it more fun. I am interested to hear your thoughts on this last question and see if they match up with my ideas.

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  2. muallayaziciblog says:

    I can very much relate to your video game experience as a child. It has never been a big part in our life, my younger brothers a little, but me not at all.

    Also, Urbanology was one of the games I tried but honestly, it wasn’t engaging at all and therefore as soon as I started it, I quit. It kind of reminded me of those Facebook links that says, “What Disney character are you?” or “What ice-cream flavor are you?”

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