Exploring Simple Retro Games and Their Mechanics-L202

Exploring Simple Retro Games and Their Mechanics-L202

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This lesson will allow students to explore the fundamentals of game design by studying and playing simple retro games. They will gain a basic understanding of game mechanics and how these contribute to player experience.

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This lesson connects directly to students' interest in video games, providing a new perspective on a familiar topic. The hands-on nature of the activity will engage learners, while the opportunity to share their ideas will give them a sense of ownership over their learning.

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Learning Intentions

- We are learning to analyze the mechanics of simple retro games. - We are learning to reflect on our experiences as players. - We are learning to share our ideas with others and learn from their insights.

Success Criteria

- I can identify and describe the mechanics of a simple retro game. - I can reflect on my experiences as a player and how these relate to game mechanics. - I can share my ideas with others and learn from their insights.

Hints and tips

1. Remember to stay safe online. Only visit approved websites and never share personal information. 2. If you get stuck while playing a game, don't give up! Try different strategies and ask others for help. 3. If you're having trouble understanding a game's mechanics, think about how it responds to your actions. This will give you clues about its rules and objectives.

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