ADVENTURE GAMES ARE LANGUAGE AND STORY-DRIVEN
While many kinds of video games can be used for language learning, adventure games are probably one of the most efficient genres, because adventure games are language and story-driven. Good adventure games are all about getting into the story, asking the right questions, understanding characters and connecting plot points. While modern games rely heavily on graphics, audio and video, classic adventure games had to rely on a lot of text — a fact that we can exploit for language learning.
By wandering around Pinchpenny Island or exploring Maniac Mansion, hovering over items with our cursor we can learn new words within a context and grow our vocabulary for everyday items (and the occasional shrunken head or time machine). It’s like this method of pinning post it-notes with the German words for refrigerator, light switch, table, etc. all over your apartment — only you don’t need to pin any post-it notes.
Secondly, adventure games contain a lot of dialogue. By interacting with different characters in the game, you can choose different dialogue options. It’s not like talking to a real person, yes, but you can replay these dialogues as often as you like — something which is difficult in a real world situation.
Last but not least, there’s the listening bit. While the very old games did not contain any spoken audio, the later ones were already beautifully voiced, presenting us with often stellar voice acting performances by native speakers. And here comes the good news: a lot of these games were fully translated into German, including voice acting. By coupling listening with reading, dialogue, vocabulary and following a good story, this can make for quite an immersive learning experience!
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