Educational Gaming

Computer games, both commercial and educational, have been widely discussed by educators for the last couple of years for their ability to engage students for long periods of time within a simulated context. We have "serious" games that focus on topics such as politics and history as well as popular commercial games that can be played in foreign languages taught at Dickinson. All games can be found in the Arthur Vining Davis Language Lab (room 209) in Bosler. If you have a recommendation for a game or a question, you can write Todd at   For those interested in learning more about games, I would recommend a presentation by James Paul Gee and an article from Educause by Richard Van Eck. Those interested in possibly using a game as part of their class should contact the ATS liaison.

All games except Wii games are available in the Bosler Language Lab (look for the game's sticker by the computer monitor)

  • Civilization IV
  • Rome
  • Oblivion: Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Bioshock: Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • The Witcher: Spanish, French, German
  • Hearts of Iron II: (World War II)
  • A Force More Powerful: (Peaceful resistance)
  • Manassas: (Civil War)
  • The Movies: (film, machinima)
  • Railroads: (supply demand economics)
  • Peacemaker: (Israel/Palestine) English, Hebrew, Arabic
  • Sims II University: Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian
  • Oblivion: German, French, Spanish
  • Neverwinter Nights: German
  • Wii: (check out and system in the basement of Bosler) Japanese
    • Japanese Carnival
    • Cooking Mama
    • Yawaraka Atama Juku
    • Naruto
    • Wii Fit