5 Online Games That Teach Kids the Art of Persuasion
By Tanner Higgin, Graphite If there’s one thing that games can teach really well, it’s systems thinking. Getting good at a game like Portal, for instance, means learning its physics engine. When the game’s over, it’s only natural to draw comparisons between how things move, fall, and interact in the game and physical worlds. Similarly, building nations in Civilization exposes players to complex political, social and cultural relationships they can see reflected in global history. These examples are, admittedly, a bit old hat. The following five games do just that by modeling the work of argumentation. 1. Set on a colony somewhere out in space, Quandary tasks the player with settling disputes and solving problems by building sound arguments for one side or the other. 2. Good argumentation isn’t just important to the humanities. 3. The stakes are high in Argument Wars. 4. The Republia Times might be the most stripped down game on this list, but that doesn’t mean it lacks punch. 5.
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