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#7545536 Mar 18, 2013 at 06:31 PM
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Wow, talk about being out of it, I've never even played the type of game being discussed. My idea of computer games is solitaire! I am as uninformed and uninitiated into the world of gaming as one could possibly be. This is not a conversation I can make any meaninful contribution to other than to profess my ignorance. I will read what others write and hopefully learn at least the titles of popular games and perhaps what it is that folks like about their favorites.
#7545591 Mar 18, 2013 at 06:46 PM
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What you are referring to as "ignorance" is what I call "fresh eyes!" Solitaire is an old game for a reason and I am glad you mention it here. Though I am sure you are referring to the computer-based version of the game, it is important to note that solitaire is a game you can play by yourself. There is evidence to support the idea of gameplay being meaningful even if it seems not to be on the surface (Salen and Zimmerman, 2009). Playing solitaire is a thing some people do to refresh themselves and to promote creativity...and it shouldn't be overlooked!

I am mostly happy to see this mentioned because people often assume "digital" when we talk about games. I almost never use digital games in my classes, but I have used games throughout my entire teaching career.

The best thing to do when answering this question, I think, is to answer honestly and use that answer as a springboard for examining why this is a favorite of yours (and so many other people). You might be really surprised at the things this game has in common with other seemingly unrelated games (I bet you can tie it to golf, cross-words, and first-person shooters)!

Looking forward to hearing that answer too! :)

#7549064 Mar 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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Yes yes1 I play at least one game of spider solitaire a night before I read. It calms me down from the daily stresses. Gets my head where I want it to read for the evening. Pure therapy!
A skilled teacher knows that technology implementations won't have any impact as long as you try and retrofit them on to outdated teaching methods. Only when combined with the creativity and ingenuity of dedicated teachers can technology have a truly disruptive and transformative effect. "

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#7549478 Mar 19, 2013 at 02:04 PM
3 Posts
I used to play freecell all the time until I switched over to a mac. On I go to and play Word Whomp every night to unwind. After a long and sometimes stressful day the last thing I want to do is get stressed out over a game. That is why I never got into Angry Birds. It just made me too angry! >:(
#7585885 Mar 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM
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Oh wow, Freecell. Das old school. I used to play that for a short time, but I found it frustrated me to play a game so based on chance. I still play solitaire games from time to time, and it can be fun in the absense of what I, in my profound arrogance, generally refer to as "better" games.

I certainly wouldn't say you're ignorant. If you are, it's a transitory state at most, just like in any learnng environment.
Here's to all the educated people who don't hate games!
#7589061 Mar 27, 2013 at 02:24 PM
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Freecell is at my level of experience as is solitaire...I do not even have the faintest notion as to what game would be an easy one for someone like me :-)

The main reason that I like games like solitaire is because they are generally for one player, can you tell I am an introvert...another reason is that I do not like to lose and while I lose a fair amount, I have convinced myself that it is just a dumb machine and not a person...

Yet, as a faculty member and developer, I consistently see the power of interaction between learners and believe like the TED talk for Week 1 that we can leverage this power in useful ways for improving life for everyone and that it can be fun...
#9438228 Apr 28, 2014 at 01:26 AM
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I can make any meaninful contribution to other than to profess my ignorance.

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