As a child, I grew up fully participating in a competitive education system where any sort of sit-back moment was considered almost criminal or a sign of failure. Games these days come to me more as an articulation of amazing art, stories and different practices of media, and I try to enjoy the time I spend to play and appreciate the artistry. But I fail because the notion that playing games, as well as other sorts of entertainment, is a waste of time is instilled in me so deep to my bones. So, to this date, gaming is something that switches on the guilty side of my brain, and no matter how much fun I’d be having, there would be a growing mound of guilt that I have hard time resolving afterwards.
I proudly own a Nintendo 3DS. It’s a great luxury to reward myself for hardwork. Even still, I fail to spend enough time to play any game really due to the feeling of guilt. Recently, I was trying to play the game in a foreign language, hoping it would help me feel less guilty. While it worked greatly as a guilt-breaker, now I was unable to really enjoy the game because my Japanese or French simply weren’t good enough. I wished that Nintendo had a dictionary system like smart phones and Amazon Kindle do, where each word can be tapped/interacted to prompt the meaning of the word.
I wished, and it clicked in my head. I should make a game like that! If I carried it out successfully, it would probably end up like an interactive storybook with an integrated dictionary. But, if the stories were to be branched out through to different locations and characters that exist within the universe, it will be much like an exploration game where players could learn and train new languages. Then, each ‘questline’ could have different tags and categorical names, e.g. absolute beginners, conversations helpful for tourists, etc.
I think it’s a great idea and it gives whatever website/game I plan on making a hope for self-satisfaction that I’d normally lack from such experiences. So now, I’m studying into what kind of user interface would bring out the best in both experiences of gaming and learning. A great find indeed!