Computer Game Improves 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 advent of Pong, the earliest video/computer game. Pong was very entertaining, but took skill which lead to more fun games teaching other competencies. Computer game developers are increasingly integrating learning and self-development components into new games. The computer game Koe requires players to learn various Japanese kanji symbols to progress through its levels. Now, newly launched Elegy for a Dead World, a visually immersive moving environment prompts players develop creative writing skills.
In Elegy for a Dead World, the player creates stories about the people who once lived on distant planets. At the beginning, three portals to distant worlds are investigated by team of explorers from Earth. After a tragic accident the player is the sole survivor, who’s mission remains the same. The player surveys these uncharted worlds and writes the only accounts that outsiders will ever know.
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 game play is simplistic, but the visuals and audio are intricate, inspiring and stimulate the imagination. Players can choose to share their writing with others at the end of the game.
Developers Ichiro Lambe and Ziba Scott describe the game as “a Mad Lib (an advanced phrasal template word game),” where story fragments guide game play providing inspiring tasks for those who find creative writing an intimidating endeavor. Check out the video below.
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