NYU psychologist Gary Marcus wrote an interesting article recently in the Huffington Post. He explores the phenomena that might account for the enormous popularity of the video games, Rock Band and Guitar Hero. Marcus writes:
Few games demand less of the player; I suspect monkeys could be trained to play, and know for a fact that robots can cruise through Guitar Hero on Expert.
Aside from simplicity and affection for the songs, Professor Marcus’ hypothesis is that the success of these games is based rooted in “a lust for power.”
The article is well worth the attention of educators.
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.