University of Guelph English professor Dan Fischlin and Apollo Games want gamers to learn about Shakespeare, so the plucky Canadians have designed a videogame called 'Speare*, where players must save the planet from evil ships that have captured the ancient text of Romeo and Juliet.
You also have to occassionally answer questions about Shakespeare's literature.
According to a focus group conducted by Fischlin, after students played the game for just one hour their literacy scores increased by 72 per cent.
I asked TheFeed writers Dana Vinson and Matt Brettz what they thought of the idea. Vinson said, "Boring," (but she's negative like that) while Bretz said, "It could be interesting if there are space pirates" Although Bretz says he only knows about Shakespeare through Julia Styles movies.
Anyway, 'Speare will be offered to schools and a demo is available online at www.apollogames.ca. A downloadable version is also available for $20.
*Kids love that crazy contracting!