As a parent, I watch my son play hours of PS3 or get online to play games. I have tried to get into the PS3, but to no avail However, this weekend I started playing this online game. I showed my son and saved the site to my diigo bookmarks. Zach was all over it and to my surprise, I was as well. The game is called "GoodGame Empire" found at http://empire.goodgamestudios.com/ . It is free and based on the Middle Ages. Kinda a SimCity of the Medieval period. BTW, if you start playing look me up dgholman, my screen name and castle.
for student learning. So, anyways I posted this link to my Diigo and shared with the MrHolman/Pennington group. I was sure no one would read it on a three day holiday weekend, and a snow day as well. However, when I went to school today, seven kids came to see me right away (all boys) and had started building their manors and wanted to show me. They all had stories of battles and what they had built and what they planed to do next. They were learning economics, military strategy, jobs, following directions and solving problems with a limited number of resources. Below are a few images of there manors by day three or four.
I started an alliance to help my son, but now everyone from school is joining so we work together to hold our own or expand our empires with about 70,000 other castles (individual players) in the game: we will work together to achieve some online goals. I will keep you posted and update our progress and pitfalls, but CLEARLY they read that diigo feed, even on weekends. That is cool and as Zach says, "Dad, these are not the stupid games you used to play." He is right:)