Game Development Reference
becoming a ubiquitous element of everyday life.
Accepting the situation that has arisen, an educa-
tion system has to conform to the circumstances
of the society and has to take advantage of the
opportunities offered by the ever-enhancing tech-
nology. The ultimate goal is, of course, benefit to
the learners. Caution is needed when introducing
new methods, learners' reactions have to be ob-
served, as well as the effectiveness of the methods
in terms of learning outcomes.
In the present educational environment, in
which e-learning takes more and more place,
it must be taken into account that a huge effort
of on-line course creators is aimed at achieving
interactivity of the materials offered. Educational
games, interactive by nature, represent ideal candi-
dates for being integrated into e-learning systems.
into education systems can be achieved by a joint
commitment and close cooperation of researchers
in all disciplines involved.
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FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
Educational computer games have not yet reached
the quality of commercial games. Research has to
be made in the direction of enhancing educational
games to become more amusing, interesting, with
top quality animations thus showing the attributes
expected from learners - game users. The devel-
opment supported by high quality animation is
necessary, because it seems that disadvantages in
that aspect can be fatal for the sustainability of a
specific game. Apart from having high expecta-
tions, the net generation accepts novelty very fast,
but while introducing new ways of learning into
their education, such as playing computer games,
researchers should also have in mind the readiness
of teachers to handle the new methods. Teach-
ers have to be supported by education, enabling
them to keep up with the rapid development of
The entire educational potential and inherent
power of games have not been utilized to their
fullest extent so far, and regarding the related
activities as a multidisciplinary process, more
rapid development and introduction of games
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