Megagames are interactive, engaging learning: So, where are they in academia?

megagamespic2Part II:  Megagames are defined by the Megagame Makers as large games involving multiple players, in which, the participants are organized into teams, and those teams into a hierarchy of teams.” *  The subject matter can range from politics, economics, history, science fiction and heroic fantasy.

A great video that shows such a  game in action – in fact the only video I can find that shows such a game in action – was made by the “Shut up and Sit Down” game review website.

Back in the late 80’s I was involved in something like this at NC State.  It was a kind of model UN, but with more intense roll playing, costumes, simulated media traffic and judges who heroically tried to manage the political and economic crises that each county continuously foisted upon the world.  Oh, and there were rogue nations and terrorists too – everything that makes political, economic, and social life interesting.  Never a dull moment.

megagamespic1So, why have I not seen anything like this in education (primary or secondary) since then?  Where are the megagames being used in education and training?  I have recently searched the internet high and low to find examples of megagames – or even megagame-like – events being used in education.  Nada.

I have found that since the SUSD video was posted, there has been an increasingly great interest in groups in the U.S. and Australia recreating the particular megagame shown in the video (“Watch the Skies“).

But, I find no current examples of this technique in education or training.   Would this not be an incredibly engaging and lesson pact way to teach/learn/experience politics, economics, systems theory etc.????  Am I the only person who thinks this would make a good learning experience at any grade level?


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