Tag Archives: game-based learning

The I Ching and the Pandaren Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 7

In most starting zones I’ve leveled alone. Not so on Wandering Isle. A new pandaren avatar soon has two companions, a female and male pandaren. In fact, the storyline’s abiding theme is collaboration based on the complementarity of opposite perspectives, … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Fan Fiction, Game-Based Learning, Philosopy & Technology, World of Warcraft | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Meaning of Life in the Dwarf Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 6

“What is the meaning of life?” is a big fuzzy question, one that few philosophers address. Yet most of us have asked this or similar questions at one time or another. Questions related to life’s meaning seemed to stalk me … Continue reading

Posted in Fan Fiction, Game-Based Learning, Philosopy & Technology, World of Warcraft | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Environmental Philosophy in the Night Elf Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 4

While working through the night elf starting zone, I found myself reflecting on the morality of killing wildlife in order to preserve what we humans consider the natural balance. Nature is fluid, flexible, ever-changing over time. Perhaps there’s no such … Continue reading

Posted in Educational Tools, Game-Based Learning, Philosopy & Technology, World of Warcraft | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Game Aesthetics in the Night Elf Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 3

Should videogame narratives be considered art? Over the past decade some scholars of literature, game studies, and philosophy have grappled with this question. I didn’t mean to do it too, but my avatar Yvois unwittingly got herself in a jam … Continue reading

Posted in Educational Tools, Fan Fiction, Game-Based Learning, Philosopy & Technology, World of Warcraft | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ethics in the Worgen Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 2

In my previous post I began exploring ways that World of Warcraft (WoW) starting zones could serve as sites for teaching and learning philosophy. First I presented Yvyy’s narrative about her experiences in the first part of the Worgen zone; … Continue reading

Posted in Educational Tools, Game-Based Learning, Philosopy & Technology, World of Warcraft | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Philosophy of Mind in the Worgen Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 1

This post begins my exploration of selected World of Warcraft (WoW) starting zones as potential sites for teaching and learning aspects of philosophy. Here I take a case study approach. The case has two sections: a narrative and a discussion. … Continue reading

Posted in Fan Fiction, Game-Based Learning, Philosopy & Technology, World of Warcraft | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Minecraft and More: Reflections on the Morrowcraft Tour

I’m a notetaker. I keep a steno pad near my keyboard to jot down interesting comments and ideas, especially when I’m in student mode, as I was this past weekend during the “Minecraft and More Unsymposium” (all sessions archived here … Continue reading

Posted in Educational Tools, Game-Based Learning, Minecraft | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment