“Zoombinis aligns directly with the standards from the Computer Science Teachers Association for computational thinking. This includes concept and skills such as decomposing a problem to reduce its ambiguity and then building general solutions from that problem-solving. This type of learning helps prepare for algorithm development. In addition, in each Zoombini puzzle this type of problem-solving is underlaid with?math and computational thinking concepts such logical sequencing, alternative representations of data, and Cartesian coordinates.”
Then, a few weeks later, during a "family day" at Broderbund, a product manager's 15-year-old daughter happened upon the Snoids on a computer desktop. She and a friend spent hours playing with it.?The mother came back to Osterweil and Hancock and asked: Can you make a game out of this?What emerged was a candy-colored CD-ROM adventure title that invited players to lead a beleaguered tribe of blue eggplant-shaped creatures out of slavery and into a new land. But first they had to get past oppressive and picky overlords who wanted their pizza served just-so and their Zoombinis sorted by hair style, eye shape and nose color, among other arbitrary indicators.
"We were probably plumbing our own self-consciousness, but over time we realized that the Zoombinis were kids," Osterweil said. "They were persistent. Our joke was that they were knee-high to everything they met. The world was full of bigger creatures. And if you think about it, rules in a kid's world are arbitrary. The kids shouldn't have to sort themselves by feature — they don't believe in that. But the world is full of these big people who tell them to sort."In reality, Zoombinis took players through the step-by-step process of learning how to create and use a database. It was also tremendous fun.During the decade or so in which it was widely available, Zoombinis developed a cult following, mostly outside the classroom. Then a larger outfit named The Learning Company (TLC) swallowed up Broderbund. The resulting company became part of a bigger acquisition by toy giant Mattel Inc. At $3.6 billion, the deal was so huge and ill-conceived that, to this day, business students read about it as case study of what not to do.?To those who had been pioneers of the emerging learning software field, the deal also typified a kind of profit-driven model that all but ruined their dreams of using computers to help kids enjoy learning.
"I sold all my stock for a dollar a share," TLC founder Ann McCormick said a few years later. "When it went to sixty-five, I lost thirty million dollars making that decision. And I don't regret it … they made it impossible to transform education alongside making huge profits by doling the same little programs over and over."Eventually, McCormick and others watched as the "edutainment" industry crumbled because it couldn't deliver on the promise of creating software that was both profitable and effective. After the Mattel deal soured, TLC's assets ended up in the hands of a private equity firm, then at an Irish publisher named Riverdeep Interactive Learning. In 2006, Riverdeep bought the educational publishing house Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.Zoombinis languished as its code, built for early PCs and Macintosh computers, proved unplayable on newer models.
"It was becoming an unmaintained piece of software," said Jodi Asbell-Clarke, an astrophysicist who directs TERC's Educational Gaming Environments group. "If you kept your computer, it could still run. But once you got your new computer, there was no way to run it."
Pizza Pass could have passed away there, but a sharp-eyed TERC lawyer named Glen Secor found the original Broderbund contract and realized that the non-profit retained the rights to Zoombinis and could get them back if the publisher wasn't actively selling the game. So he asked Harcourt to hand over the game. When Harcourt officials checked on sales, they realized that Zoombinis and its two sequels had sold over a million copies.In contrary, i'm waiting from Outright Games what cartoon to games that will be released and i can pick from them.
I already write 1 Outright Games in my buy list (PAW Patrol Mighty Pups).OG games are not really bad choice for casual gamer like me.
Oh, also... Racing with Ryan caught my little attention too.25eatdogsWed 7th Apr 2021