This Epic Computer Game Improves Players Creative Writing Skills
Elegy For A Dead World recreates the epic worlds of Romantic poetry to help players develop as creative writers.
Computer games have come a long way since the first players hit a simulated ball with a slider back and forth across the computer screen. Even in those early days, the ability to teach new skills while also entertaining was apparent in simple video games.
We have recently seen a growing number of gaming developers integrating positive learning and self-development into the industry. Koe is a Japanese RPG that requires players to learn different kanji symbols in order to progress through the game. Now US game makers Dejobaan has launched Elegy for a Dead World, a side-scrolling game designed to help players develop creative writing skills within a visually immersive environment.
In Elegy for a Dead World, players explore the ruins of three inspiring worlds each based on a Romantic-era poem. Players navigate the game as the sole survivor of an exploration mission. Their task is to survey the worlds and write accounts of each, to be shared with the inhabitants the “universe” and players can choose to share their writing with others at the end of the game. As the player explores the epic worlds of poets Shelley, Keats and Byron they are faced with a series of writing challenges aided by prompts and must compose stories, poems, and songs from the perspective of various characters. The gameplay is simplistic, but the visuals and audio are intricate, inspiring and stimulate the imagination.
Developers Ichiro Lambe and Ziba Scott describe the game as “an advanced Mad Libs,” in that story fragments guide the play providing inspiring tasks for players who find creative writing and poetry intimidating. Check out the gameplay in the video below:
The game completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014 and is currently available via Steam for $14.99.
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