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March 26, 2013

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Nick Hood

There is something insidious in this project, Ollie, that deeply concerns me. Throughout the gameplay there are frequent religious references such as "prayer", "sainthood" and "ardent faith". This is a disturbing feature of game play reminiscent of the Trojan Horse.

Students and teachers using this game may be unwitting participants in covert proselytising in the name of educational innovation. For me this is a serious abuse of trust which needs to be addressed. As a teacher, I wouldn't allow it anywhere near my classroom.

Michael

Interesting point Nick, not something I'd noticed. I'm wondering if a better, more open, flexible and neutral, option would be to use Minecraft (and MinecraftEDU)? There is an implicit 'medieval' vibe (technology extends to bows and arrows and magic spells) but apart for that it's fairly Trojan free and very adaptable to the needs, agendas and belief systems of individual teachers.

Ollie Bray (@olliebray)

To be honest Nick - am am not overly concerned about this. But then maybe your seeing some thing that I'm not.

@Michael - If you like Minecraft then Dean grooms website is worth checking out - http://deangroom.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/welcome-to-massively-minecraft/

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