“Trace effect” game review


The date is 18.12.2012 and it is our last English class before the Christmas holiday. In our class today we first watched a movie called Edward scissorhands, then we played a game called Trace Effect. We got an assignment where we had to choose one option/ a subject we could write about. The options we got was to write about something that interested us in the movie or write a review of the game we played. I chose to write a review of the game “Trace effect”.

The game trace effect is made by the “U.S department of state” and it was made to teach English to students all around the world. The concept of trying to teach students by letting them play a game is in my opinion great. In the modern society we live in we need to think outside the box and thing new. Sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher is not thinking outside the box. Listening to a teacher is something we have done in years so I really want to give some credits to the U.S department of state for being creative. The only problem that I faced was playing the game. The game itself did actually have a good concept/story, but the play style, graphics and the English used in the game isn’t really good. From my own experience I would say that I learn much more English from games like Farcry, Skyrim and pretty much all other online games because these types of games are fun to play.

The English used in the game is also too easy for the age group 12-16 which is the age the game is made for. Trace effect is just about running around trying to find different objects/persons which I personally don’t find any interest in. So my conclusion of the game is that it might  work out as a English teaching program for little kids at the age of 6-10 and not for the age 12-16. One thing people should not forget is that gaming can be very fun and teach full as long as it is interesting to play. The loading screen also took quite some time to get by which would probably mislead other people or make them bored, which equals to them clicking away from website.

Here is the link to the website:
http://americanenglish.state.gov/trace-effects

Make sure to check it out so you can write your own opinion of the game.  Writing your own opinion on the game might help game developers all around the world to develop new games, so I recommend you to start writing 😉

The white buses

In today’s society we have a lot of history that should be acknowledged to people all around the world. One of the biggest tragedies in the world that most people should know about is World War 2 (WW2). World war 2 was a war between the allies (Mainly these countries: U.S., Britain, France, USSR, Australia à) vs the axis powers (Germany, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria). Around 72 million people died and 49 of these millions were civilians. The reason for this huge civilian loss was mainly because of the concentration camps all around Germany and Poland. A Concentration camp was a camp where civilians, enemy aliens, political prisoners, and sometimes prisoners of war are detained and confined, typically under harsh conditions. In these concentration camps there were also gas chambers where they killed people that was not able to work like old people, children, girls, disabled.

What is not very known is the white buses. You might ask yourself what the white buses have to do with the WW2 or the concentration camps? Well, the white buses were originally made to bring back Scandinavian prisoner from the concentration camps that was under control of the Nazi empire. From these camps they were brought back to Sweden (Sweden= neutral under the WW2). This operation took place in almost the end of the war (1995).

In these modern times the white buses travel to different concentration camps and different location in France, Poland and Germany that were owned by the Nazi empire. They travel to these locations with student around Scandinavia to show them these concentration camps and the other different historical places that still exists in these areas. I haven’t been on the white buses myself but I have been to something similar. Usually the white buses travels in the autumn, my class found out this too late so we ended up taking a flight down to Poland and look at the concentration camps there. I would recommend the buss travel instead of the flight thing my class did because it is cheaper and the class can bond up a little bit.    

The operation got the name White buses because Sweden had gathered up around 75 buses colored in white with a red cross on them. This was to show all the different armies that these buses are made to help and therefore should not be destroyed /prevented or attacked. These buses saved/helped around 20000 people, mainly people from Scandinavia but also some thousands from other countries.

I would like to end this little informative text with this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/27/a1913627.shtml
You have come this far in my text and I would really recommend to you to read the text in the link above. I don’t want to spoil the story for you so I won’t write what it is about. What I can say is that it is a well written story and it is in my opinion very respectfully. (It is also related to WW2) 

Notes from 11th hour

11th hour is an interesting movie which is highly recommended by me. The movie is a documentary about our world and all the natural/ecological problems that have occurred true this and the last century. This movie basically informed me and I believe my whole class about problems that we basically thought we knew but really didn’t. You might think “oh I know more than enough about the climate changes and how we humans affect this change”. My answer to this is “NO” you probably don’t know that much about the climate as you think. I thought this was going to be a boring school class (you would as well I believe) watching a documentary about climate. After seeing the movie I want to change the whole world and help/lead the world in the right direction.

The movie doesn’t only focus about the climate but also the society’s affect and thought about this problem. For example, the people in the movie talks about how it is possible to buy all the ecosystems in the world. When a person buys an ecosystem (an area) he/she can do whatever he/she wants with it. This is a huge problem because in most of these cases the ecosystems get contaminated by for example oil, sewer systems and different types of factories. So the movie sums up all the problems that we humans (/it is also the earths problems) have in today’s society within the categories earth’s climate, land, society, ecosystems and so on.

True out the movie we had to take notes. Our teacher Ann made it a little bit more interesting than just “taking notes” so she made us take notes in three different ways. The first method was to write as a group, so everybody could see and share knowledge that we perceived. The second and the third was basically the same, write notes by hand and write notes on a word document (PC). Even though those two note taking methods were quite the same I must say I didn’t catch that much information when I wrote on the paper. Reasons for this might be because I had to focus a lot more when I wrote on paper.  In general I felt this idea was creative and fun, I also learned what “note taking” method that is the best and easiest for me. (At lectures I learn best when I listen, though sometimes it is good to take notes). (The best way for me to take notes is to write alone on word)