With school officially back in session for all students in elementary school, high school, & college/university, we here at Game Savvy thought it would be a good opportunity to focus on that, This week we’re discussing all things video games in relation to school. Game Savvy’s writers have some opinions on this serious edition of Boss Fight Fridays.
So without further ado, let’s get into and of course, feel free to leave your answers in the comments below!
Q1: What is a game you can remember rushing to play when you got home from school?
Christian: The Assassin’s Creed series from 2 up to Black Flag. I usually got those games every year as a Christmas or Birthday present and just remember playing them after school alllll day.
Tyler: In the early days it was Pokemon and Ocarina of time. The N64 was truly my foray into becoming a gamer and those worlds were so fresh and new.
Steven: Ocarina of Time or Prince of Persia, my older brother and I played through them together so we would run home and one of us would grab the controller and the other would bring up the walkthrough on cheatcc. Those were simpler times.
Em: Early years it was probably need for speed hot pursuit. I spent a lot of time on that game. The other big one was the sims.
Nana: I played so much Pro Cycling Manager when I was younger.
Jeremy: I don’t remember exactly what games I rushed home to play, I just remember having to share game systems with a lazy older brother who’d be home all day playing games while i was at school. So naturally i wanted to get home asap to catch up to him on whatever game was popular.
Dennis: I remember getting into the Kingdom Hearts series later in the PS2’s life cycle in 2007. So picked up the three Kingdom Hearts(1, Re:Chain and 2) at EB as a combo pack. I remember rushing home from school a lot to play through those games… may have skipped my last period once or twice to get home earlier.
Q2: What were the games that were the go to for playing with your friends?
Christian: Call of Duty Modern Warfare and MW2. I had a full group of friends that would either play Team Deathmatch or we would play No Scopes on Rust. Those were good times.
Tyler: Mario Kart and the mini-games in Pokemon Stadium. We’d spend all nighters playing those games. They were awesome. Couch co-op is truly missed.
Steven: I didn’t get big into multiplayer games until high school so Modern Warfare 2 and Halo 3.
Em: My cousin would babysit me in the summer and we played Mario Bros 3 basically every day. I also played the Goosebumps Escape for Horrorland game at my friend’s house a lot. In high school it was all about either Guitar Hero or Left 4 Dead.
Nana: Most of my friends played Call of Duty, but I always played MK8 online with friends.
Jeremy: My best friend growing up and I would literally spend days playing Halo 2 and 3. Even when more popular FPS games released we’d always stick to Halo.
Dennis: Mario Kart 64 and Super Smash Bros on N64 and the random Roger Video game rental games for sleepovers. The Fantastic Four licensed games on Xbox/PS2 and one of the Bloody Roar games come to mind.
Q3: One of the best parts of being in school was computer lab. What was your go to game during free time on the computer?
Christian: We would use any free sites such as Miniclip, Kongregate, and all those other off brand sites. Then one year a kid installed Halo onto the school’s server (no idea how) so often we would play multiplayer on Halo.
Tyler: Math Circus was a good one in the early days. It was a circus where you’d do math to play the games. There was another sciency one but I think the ultimate was this Clue game for kids. You’d be stuck in a museum and you’d have an actual spy glass you’d have to use to investigate things. That was awesome.
Steven: A bunch if friends and I all had RISK on our flash drives and we would boot it up in class and play LAN games.
Em: Storybook Weaver. I love writing stories, and I still love writing stories. Encourage your kids to think creatively!
Nana: Ultimate Flash Sonic, though I would play 8ballpool on Miniclip if th.
Jeremy: I played a lot on sites like Kongregate and Armor Games. I’d play games like Toss the Turtle, Bloons Tower Defense, Crush the Castle, pretty much any flash game that looked interesting.
Dennis: Oh Reader Rabbit and Math Blaster for sure, any excuse to play educational games in my labs period in elementary school was a good excuse for me.In High School that was less seen for obvious reasons, but Miniclip was a good way to get some gaming in during a boring computer class lecture. I wasn’t alone, a core group of students did this multiple times and we always minimized it when the teacher came by. Good times.
Q4: Did you play any games you think of as educational at home?
Christian: For me, I was such a History buff that all of the lore and stuff in Assassin’s Creed actually did make me go out and research stuff involved. AC3 was perfect for me since it was around the Revolution.
Tyler: There was one game back in the day… I don’t remember what it’s called. But essentially you play as two kids exploring space and new planets. Each planet presents a number of challenges that are educational based… like learning the different types of clouds or how electricity works or simple math. It was fun with a good story.
Steven: Probably but I don’t remember those.
Em: I had a lot of educational games at home that I loved. I had Madeline games that taught French and also had puzzle solving aspects to them. Any games with puzzles were a big draw.
Nana: I did play a teaches typing game once.
Jeremy: I cant say I recall playing any educational games at home. I didn’t get my first computer until after high school, so i was limited to console games. There were games like God of War that peaked my interest in things like mythology.
Q5: What’s something that video games have taught you?
Christian: Patience. I never knew what grind was or anything like that until I played a game like Destiny. Before it came out it was pretty much story driven games only for me. And now whenever I play a game sometimes I have to think of the grind it comes with and time things out.
Tyler: I think that games have taught me to be fearless. When you walk into a boss room you don’t run away, you take on giant beasts and powerful beings head-on. You run into the fire, and I like to take on challenges the same way, with the knowledge that there’s always a way to succeed you just have to find it.
Steven: If something is trying to stop you, chances are you’re headed in the right direction.
Em: In the face of a problem you can’t solve, the best tool is patience.
Nana: In the face of a problem you can’t solve, the best tool is patience.
Jeremy: Persistence and Perseverance. Its no secret I love Soulsborne games because there is no greater feeling than beating a boss who’s killed you dozens of times. I think the concept applies to life as well. No matter how many times you get knocked down, try again. You never know when your persistence will pay off.
Dennis: Problem solving. There is always a solution to every problem life puts down on the path you walk every day. You just gotta think carefully and it will come to you… or look up the solution on the internet like normal people.