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‘Slave Tetris’: Educational Value vs Design Intent

[Image Credits: takepart.com]

[Image Credits: takepart.com]

‘Wiggins is surprised that the company decided to remove the “Slave Tetris” component of the game. “I’ve seen far too many developers stick to their guns when it comes to something controversial even when it benefits them not to,” he wrote. But just deleting the Tetris-like segment isn’t enough, he added. “I do think they should get rid of the whole game. It’s so bizarre and offensive and in all the weirdest ways,” he wrote. Rafranz Davis, a Fort Worth, Texas–based educational technology expert, also raised the call on Twitter for the game to be completely taken down from the Steam site, and asked educators to check if the game was being used in their schools. Hey y’all @steam_games is hosting a slavery game. Think “Slave Tetris” Are you using this platform in your school? http://t.co/tUyOJ2i9N8 — Rafranz Davis (@RafranzDavis) August 30, 2015“Gamifying slavery trivializes a serious time in history that shouldn’t be fun. Kids should think, discuss, and be uncomfortable,” Davis wrote to TakePart. “They shouldn’t be acquiring badges or accumulating points, which is how gamification works.”’

Source: Teachers and Gamers Agree: ‘Slave Tetris’ Isn’t How You Educate Kids About Slavery | TakePart