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Educational Games That Are Legitimately Fun – #CUPodcast

Pat the NES Punk
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Which educational games are legitimately fun to play?
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  1. Zoombinis was a pretty awesome edutainment game.

  2. I didn't get to play Oregon Trail very often,  my school had the sister game where you were trying to sail to the New World to establish a colony.   I don't remember the name off hand.

  3. ClueFinders. It's for kids and it was really fun when I played it as a kid.

  4. I have good memories playing the Oregon Trail at school, that game was awesome. Also carmen sandiego is fun too.

  5. We only got to play ones about math and typing in my school. I hated them all. And not only because I can't do math.

  6. Valiant hearts (the Great War puzzle game, not the ps1 strategy game), brain age, and any collectible card game. I would also make a stretch and say any puzzle/strategy game. Possibly fighting games, especially Pokemon with its same type attack bonus, STAB and Emotional Values, EV's.

    I just wish so many people weren't so damn stupid/argumentative to give gamers a bad name, since if you do the research, this all stimulates the brain. It also gives way to art. Just can't overdo it and become an addict of course

  7. When my family got our first Pentium computer($2400!) in the mid 90s, I remember being blown by the pack-in Encarta Encyclopedia suite. It was like going to the aquarium, zoo, and natural history museum all from your house. I had a blast

  8. not sure if it was educational, but do you guys remember the game Chip's Challenge? I used to play that in school on windows 95. before computers were an everyday thing in peoples homes. That game was pretty fuckin fun.

  9. I love the Carmen Sandiago game, but even for the same game, there are so many different versions. There was one with real video, one without. I have played different versions. I wish I could get a list of all  of them so I could play them all.. (and I don't mean different games. I mean different versions of the same game… or at least same title.)

    Also Oregon Trail was my game as a kid. But not the oldest one. The one for windows 95. Yet, even that has different versions. I have 2 at least.. One has no voice work, and the other does… So many versions. ARRGGG

  10. Is rug munchers a sequel to number munchers?

  11. When I was younger, I played Edu-Tainment games a lot. Especially ones from Humongous Entertainment. They might slightly be past you guys' generations though. These games include Freddi Fish, Spy fox, and Putt-Putt. They were all pretty fun, though their "education" was pretty limited.
    Portal is a game series that is somewhat educational. You don't necessarily learn accedemic things, but it does make you think a lot, causing parts in your brain to become very active. In turn, somewhat making you smarter.

    Typing of the Dead is a person favorite of mine. Again, not necessarily educational, but it did improve my typing skills! Something that typing classes in high school never really did.

  12. Talking about the BDalton computer section. Those early video game years when we were kids were magical. There is just no way to replicate that feeling and no other generation may ever get to experience that (with video games at least). It's kind of sad.

  13. Jazz Jackrabbit, which is not an educational game like Ian said, was one of the first games I ever played as a kid. Awesome game.

  14. There was a series of educational games known as, Reading Rabbit or Math Rabbit I played as a kid, Pat probably was in some connection thinking of knowing of those when saying Jazz Jackrabbit. I can't recall if they were good or just learn with an animated rabbit on the screen.

  15. For me the worse education game ever was Mario Teaches Typing. The audio was terrible and the point of it made no sense when I could just install Mavis Beacon which was far better. I know this advice wont be favorable to collectors, but as for the apple IIE games; you can probably burn roms onto floppies. I know for C64 you can do it but you gotta rig a C64 drive to plug into a modern computer and use some sort of dos navigator / norton commander shell to burn them.

  16. Time Raiders in American History was awesome. I only played it a few times in 7th and 8th grade. They were so much fun!

  17. Oregon Trail was my favorite. Back in the early 2000's, my friend got some old color Macs for free from the newspaper and we installed Oregon Trail (and AIM) on them and had a blast again. Then he found his old Mac "hacking" program and I started rewriting stuff like mad on one, making the people ramble on about vampires and ninjas. You'd get STDs, there were dick jokes about chimney rock, etc. Sadly I found the option to mess with the pictures themselves, but I grew up with PCs so I never did mess around with redoing them as they were in a weird file format.

  18. Civilization introduced me to the space elevator which i think is like the coolest thing ever thought up

  19. Math Rescue, Math Blaster, Number Munchers, Oregon Trail, Mario Teaches Typing, and Donkey Kong Jr Math are a few educational games that I have played in the past.

  20. Surprised no one has mention this but Operation Neptune anyone?

  21. I remember math racers on the Atari 2600, or learning with leaper on the Colecovison but personally I loved Where in —– is Carmen Sandiego, now there is something that needs a HD release on a console of today. There is where you learned, and if you got Battlefield '42' on the PC when it first came out you learned the history behind the battles and the machinery. However on the re-release all of that was taken out due to that according to the majority of players it slowed down game play. I agree if you cannot make it through either Civilization or Alpha Centauri [which needs a re-release people] then you should not be a world leader.

  22. 0:43 I cannot agree more… any political leader should be able play well classical Civ. Series.

  23. "The Civilization series is very educational."
    THANK YOU!  The Civ games are what sparked my interest in world history and I rarely hear people bring it up when it comes to great educational games.

  24. Does anybody remember Microsoft Home? There were a lot of cool educational games which spawned from it like How the Leopard Got Its Spots & some Magic School Bus games. Man I wish I could find more of those to play some how.

  25. Hah Ian Treasure Mountain was awesome… Used to love walking deeper and deeper into my trophy cave lol

    I'm surprised no one mentioned the Jumpstart series! They had one for each grade and in school everyone would play it if given the chance. Very fun at the time… Haven't played it since like 1999 or something though so not sure if it holds up.

  26. Where is Time is Carmen Sandiego was amazing. I used the desk encyclopedia (which I still have) constantly, and sometimes, I even needed to go retrieve other books to help me figure out the clues.

    I give credit to this game for developing my drive and enjoyment for research.

  27. All I remember about Mavis Beacon is you could change the WPM test to include only like three words that are easy to type and you'd wind up with some seriously high result… Used to get so many merits from my teacher; she probably thought I was the best typer in the class.

  28. The Carmen Sandiego PC CD-rom games on windows 95/98 where always fun and informative.

  29. Grand strategy games are rich with history, so education. Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis are two game series that have a ton of history and are lots of fun to play for anyone who likes strategy.

  30. Is the Kim Kardashion Hollywood game educational?

  31. The suggestion about world leaders playing the civilization games is good.

  32. I grew up with The Oregon Trail. Never really considered it an educational game, but in retrospect I guess there were a lot of educational elements to it.

  33. What about that game that came on the cd-rom version of Encarta?

  34. surprised i haven't seen anyone talk about the cluefinders haha

  35. I remember playing Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego on my Apple //e and using a World Almanac. I recently got my hands on Where In Time… for Genesis. I need to look up if there was a reference book intended for that game. I'd prefer to play using the intended sources of the time. Even using Bing on my phone, I had to make educated guesses on some items. The clue given in the game was barely mentioned in some online sources. I think I made lucky guesses because I still won.

    As an adult, although we have ways to easily find info online (not always reliable), I think using a reference book is a good skill to have even if you don't use it daily. I would say use a World Almanac for Where in the World. The original game came with a Almanac.

    When I built my first PC, I did like Sierra games like Island of Dr. Brain. That's the only educational game I recall getting for the PC. I built it between undergrad and grad school so I wasn't really looking at educational games in general. I grabbed Dr. Brain only because I enjoyed Sierra games and took a chance.

  36. The Humongous Entertainment games were Lucasarts style point&click adventure games that were made to be educational and even as an adult they are a complete joy to play. Beautiful, fun, funny games with brilliant art and music and environments. The Pajama Sam and Spy Fox ones were my favourites.

    And I spent a lot of hours on Zoombinis as well.

  37. Oregon trail "13 grandfather clocks and a 3 cornered hat" gang

  38. Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road

  39. It's terrible that we don't see you guys in the clips of the pod cast. Edit the video with you guys in it

  40. Hey Ian you should do some beer reviews!

  41. Museum Madness and that one with the dog/numbers game were great. Those were 90s games though

  42. Number munchers and word munchers, fuck yea. Math blaster was good in my book too and I'm sorry Gretchen died of cholera.

  43. I remember playing and somewhat enjoying "Lemonade Stand" in grade school. (on a cutting edge Commodore PET)  – Yeah I'm old… but I also went to a public school that had very little money.  -Our science textbooks were so old..  there was a chapter about how "Future man will travel to the moon!" – [not kidding]

    btw- I've learned more about space travel, rocket design and orbital mechanics etc. from "Kerbal Space Program" than I ever did in High School.  – Great game.

  44. World War 2 Call of Duty & Medal of Honor games anyone?

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