- Action Games
Personally, I do not enjoy these games mainly because I am not that accomplished nor was I ever.
I remember playing asteroids when I was a kid. I tend to be considered smart but would get frustrated by these games easily. It still happens at age 50. I played asteroids last night and again this morning. I got better but kept looking at the time to see if I had completed the amount I had allotted to that game. The- first few times playing, it was difficult to figure out what direction I was going as my hands and mind were not in sync; as I practiced that got better. A mistake made me realize the little spaceship could move. That made the game even harder at times until I practiced it. It still made the game hard. I was very happy that I made the incredible score of 5,450- I think that is a lifetime high for me.
I also played Pac-Man again. It was not a pleasant experience. Again, it took me numerous times to learn how to handle the arrow keys effectively. My highest score was 4,940-woo hoo! Finally I tried Raft Wars and Mission Command on freearcade.com. I liked Raft Wars but I would not call that an action game - it is just an I shoot then you shoot game. The slower pace made me more comfortable. Once I got the hang of Mission Command, I enjoyed that too. I kept dying but it was fun to actually hit the targets (enemy fighters). This game was faster than Raft Wars but slower than Pac-Man and Asteroids.
Actually, I am realizing that once I felt comfortable with the controls all the games slowed down for me- my heart rate did not go up and I felt I had more time to point at at target and shoot. As I write, I am trying to envision how action games can be incorporated into the classroom and teach a learning outcome. The idea of practice to get better at something is a subject, so is doing better when comfortable with a skill. These are good life lessons but how would one use a car chase, enemy fighting, space alien kind of theme to teach math or reading skills? Let me go shoot some enemy commandos while I think about that....
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