The Future of Education

Edition 14

Accepted Abstracts

Repurposing Existing Games for Education on the Example of User Reviews

Łukasz Wilkoń, Politechnika Śląska (Poland)


 Existing games can be successfully integrated into educational programmes. Although the original intended use of analysed games was entertainment, some games can be used for educational purposes, for instance, as tools for understanding history. Historical simulation games require players to predict their opponent's moves, often based on the understanding of geographical, political, economic, military and historical systems and their relationships. Strategy games that implement turn-based approach are addictive because they challenge the player to solve problems and achieve goals. For an extended period of time, players can explore the past in an entertaining and immersive way. Using natural language processing and artificial intelligence to find lexical items related to the educational value of existing strategy games, such as the Civilization series, I sought to verify what the users learned by playing and which elements of the game appealed them. Data was obtained from steam reviews to which exploratory data analysis, topic and emotion detection was applied together with linguistic analysis.  


Keywords artificial intelligence, data mining, education, exploratory data analysis, linguistics, natural language processing, strategy games.


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co-financed by the European Union through

the European Social Fund

(grant POWR.03.02.00-00-I029). 




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