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Boy Scouts get Game Design badge

Boy Scouts get Game Design badge

The new Game Design badge isn't just for computer games but all forms of gaming.

The Boy Scouts of America have created a merit badge in Game Design.

Unveiled at the tech and culture festival, South by South West (SXSW), the badge is awarded for analysing the pros and cons of four existing games, talking about intellectual property then for creating a new game. Games can be of any form, including using playing cards, a board or a computer.

Talking of the launch, the Scouts said two years of work by “volunteers from the game industry and game enthusiasts across the country” lead to the development of the list of requirements.

Further it said that "[playing games]... challenges us to overcome long odds, tell compelling stories, and work with or against one another.” and that games also “motivate both young and old to find creative solutions, practice new skills, and keep their brains active.”

Although the Game Design badge isn't specifically a technology or computing based award, the Scouts acknowledged they were working on four other technology based merit badges. Programming, CAD, animation and 'advanced computing' are all to be introduced during 2014 and 2015.

It's all a far cry from basic life skills such as building camp fires but would you have taken on the Game Design challenge as a Scout?

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andrew8200m 11th March 2013, 10:46 Quote
Encourage children to design games rather than point them towards nature and survival like the scouts originally intended.

When's the sitting on ones ass for greater than 24 hours coming out? I'm sure kids today will get that badge pretty soon after joining the scouts if that's how it's going.

I'm all far teaching kids new skills that may help them later on life but that should be held by schools and after school clubs based on technology.. Not what taught me knot tieing, sailing and how to pitch tents.
mi1ez 11th March 2013, 10:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
I'm all far teaching kids new skills that may help them later on life but that should be held by schools and after school clubs based on technology.. Not what taught me knot tieing, sailing and how to pitch tents.

The same lot who taught me how to iron a shirt and give a presentation then? Proper survival skills?
PingCrosby 11th March 2013, 11:23 Quote
They should be good at Robinson's Requiem
greigaitken 11th March 2013, 11:50 Quote
scout badges: the original 'Achievement Unlocked'
Xir 11th March 2013, 13:42 Quote
When the dutch scouts incorporated a "Shopping" badge I pretty much lost interest...

Then again, since the JOTA turned pretty much into the JOTI, I suppose Computers are a part of it all.
I'll need a refreshercourse on what the heck Scouts do with a GPS though, it was all maps'n angles' compasses in my time as a leader
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