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Designing Games for Children by Carla Fisher

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Chapter 18Making Educational and Commercial Games

Is your product educational? Is it commercial? Is it for the home market or for schools? As much as most developers would like to say yes to every market possible, most games for kids need to focus on a primary market first.

The question whether a game is educational or commercial can be difficult to answer. In part, it depends on the target age. A game for preschoolers is likely boTheducational and commercial because children in that age group don’t have an aversion to anything labeled educational!

This chapter explores:

  • What it means to be educational
  • Selecting an educational topic
  • Using educational standards
  • Working wiTheducational advisors
  • Developing games for in-school use

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