Will Wright popped up on NPR, and he had a chance to interview anyone he wanted to. His choice was Edward O. Wilson, professor emeritus at Harvard University, and boy was Mr. Wright surprised when he heard Professor Wilson spout this bit about games.
“I’ll go to an even more radical position. I think games are the future in education. We’re going through a rapid transition now. We’re about to leave print textbooks behind. For example, I envision visits to different ecosystems that the student could actually enter – taking this path, going to that hill – with an instructor. That could be a rain forest, a tundra, or a Jurassic forest.”
In just a few sentences, Professor Wilson really makes me believe that educational games could be fun, as well as integral tools for the learning process. Both Wright and Wilson continue on with this topic in the full interview, which you can find right here.