Meet the Team for Issue 59


Each week we ask a question of our staff and featured writers to learn a little bit about them and gain some insight into where they are coming from.

This week’s question is:

What was your favorite educational game growing up? This doesn’t have to be a videogame, for the old-timers in the audience!

Chris Dahlen, “Playing to the Test”

How can you beat Lemonade Stand? We played it in the school computer lab, and it was frustrating and arbitrary – who knew it would rain right after I raised prices? – but it taught a valuable lesson: If you can just figure out the algorithm, you can always get ahead.

Shawn Williams, “Learning the Gaming Way

I think Dungeons & Dragons taught me more than any other “educational” game. I learned how to ration supplies, map reading, basic math skills, how to calculate the length of rope needed for a typical outing and not to drink strange potions I find. Oh, and to hate elves. Important lessons, every one.

Shannon Drake, “Piano Wizards”

I learned a lot playing Doctor.

JR Sutich, Contributing Editor

Dodgeball. I only played it during recess or P.E. so it’s educational. It taught me everything I would need to know about Social Engineering and Hierarchy. Machiavelli would have excelled at it. Eliminate the weak and undesirable first, make alliances, then betray as soon as it’s to your advantage. Nobody makes me bleed my own blood.

Joe Blancato, Associate Editor

Team sports. Play your position as well as you can, back up the people in front of you and don’t get down on a slumping teammate where he can hear you. And I also know enough performance-related platitudes to make any boss think I’m humble!

Jessica Fielhauer, Layout Artist

Oregon Trail, baby!

Now, we put the question to you: What was your favorite educational game growing up?

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