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#1 13 years ago

I just got a job at a middle school in the chicagoland area and I thought it'd be awesome to start an after school computer gaming club with the runts... then after considering $ I thought America's Army would be very cool. I know it's a long shot considering how everyone's peeing their pants over school shootings, however, it has a 13+ rating (that covers the 8th graders) and was created by the US army. Maybe, just maybe, with proper parental notification and research into making it more of a teamwork/strategy exercise than kill kill kill, I wonder if I could pull it off.

I guess I'm wondering if anyone has had anything remotely close to this experience either as a student or teacher, or maybe ideas for less violent, yet still fun games that would work for this sort of an environment.

We've got a lab full of new dells and another about to be full of new emacs and a few powerful servers.

thanks for any insight.




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#2 13 years ago

Sweet idea, Why dont you come to my school?




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#3 13 years ago

Because AA pwns you.




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#4 13 years ago

There is a parental control feature in the game which can be used. It also may provoke violence, you may get the government on your back because "It is teaching children to be agressive", the same BS which was said about GTA games




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#5 13 years ago

The game doesn't revolve as heavily on violence as other first person shooters which are being sold, so I wouldn't worry too much about that. If everything goes right it might even be slightly beneficial, most games could care less if people used teamwork, but this game plays wonderfully when you have people cooperating. With proper parental notification and if the school agrees, it's one of your best options.




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#6 13 years ago

It does rely on violence, because in order to succeed, you MUST kill people. You cannot, because of the maps, actually acheive objective victories without having to kill someone first. If it has a gun, it relies on violence, everytime.




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#7 13 years ago

You misunderstood me. The game isn't about violence, it's about completing the missions assigned to you. And yes, you can complete many of them without killing anyone...




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#8 13 years ago

Yeah, i've done loads of objectives without killing people. But the game has some violence, although it isnt much its still something that people would complain about.




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#9 13 years ago

Even if they let you do it, I doubt it will run on the school computers. We tried installing it once in hopes of having a lan in our computer science class, but even on all ultra-low settings and the lowed resolution possible, it still wouldn't run. The best we could do was Doom II. Its a good idea, though... I wanted to start a club this coming year, (it looks good on college applications and it would be fun, too), and I was thinking either computer game club or paintball club. But, either one could run into the knee-jerk "OMFGZ violence!!!1" people... we'll just have to see.




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#10 13 years ago

LOL yeah, if you tried to put AA or anything on my old schools computers, they would literally fall apart infront of you...Doubt they could even handle the installation lol




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