I'm not going to get into the controversy of whether violent videogames encourage aggression - or bleed it off, as others say. It probably depends
on the kid's personality, how many hours they spend playing violent videogames, and how well rounded the rest of their lives are.
And I know how boring those "educational" videogames can be. Teachers have complained about all the tablet/slate computers passed out in some
classrooms, because the kids get more enthralled with the technology than the textbook software.
So where are the fun videogames that both entertain and educate kids? I started this thread to find out, and I encourage participation from everyone:
parents, teachers, kids, gamers, game designers, even those ready to go to crowd-funding with a new game idea.
HONKY-TONK TCHAIKOVSKY? "FANTASIA" MUSICAL GAME
"CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — With titles like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, the video game studio Harmonix has experienced blockbuster success. But it was
panic that David Battilana, the studio’s senior artist, recalls feeling back in 2010 when Disney came calling, seeking to adapt its 1940 animated
classic “Fantasia” as a musical game.
"It wasn’t to be a loose adaptation, like versions from the 1980s and ’90s now long since forgotten. Disney wanted to capture the essence of the
film by exploring, and celebrating, music by some of the great classical composers. On Tuesday, Harmonix will release its response to that challenge
— Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, a rhythm game for Microsoft’s Kinect system that allows players to use their hands to conduct songs by following
prompts on the screen. Unlike other rhythm games, which require precision to hit the notes or follow patterns, Fantasia aims for broad and sweeping
"While there is no central story in the new game, it includes 10 realms with original art and musical personalities. The soundtrack features 32 songs
in a range of styles, from works in the film (“Night on Bald Mountain,” “The Nutcracker Suite”) to classic rock and pop (David Bowie, Queen,
Elton John) to songs by current stars (Bruno Mars, Lorde, the White Stripes). The original versions are accompanied by remixes, like a ska version of
Bruno Mars’s “Locked Out of Heaven” or a Caribbean vibe for Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.”