I am a theatre major and think that going to the theatre can be a means of informing, educating and/or inspiring people. However, popular theatre today consists of musical theatre that is first and foremost entertaining, and frequently does not educate the public. To help bridge this gap, I would create a game where a clip of a musical theatre song is played and the person has to guess what the song is, what musical it is from etc. And then, there would be a screen that pops up that gives the background of that song, if there is a historical context, underlying meanings or significance etc. Maybe with each level the musicals get more obscure, the clips get shorter, or just the score is played without lyrics, I don't know. But I think this would give people a more historically and analytically founded perspective on popular musical theatre and not simply understand theatre just for its entertainment value.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Guess that song! My game proposal
First and foremost, I should state that I wouldn't choose to spend my time playing these games unless I am required to. I do like the concept of learning through online games, but I think it is really difficult to create a game that people are interested in and entertained by while trying to properly educate them about a topic. And I think this is where a lot of the games I played recently failed, they didn't hold my attention for very long or they weren't challenging. I don't know if this game proposal would do either of these things but it's the best I could think of.