Museum Apps with Interactive Games and Activities
October 10, 2012
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Why Use Interactive Gaming Apps in Museums?
Museums provide their visitors a small glimpse into the past. They contain preserved artifacts and priceless artwork that can certainly not be handled or played with.
So we ask: how can they be fully appreciated by all the kinesthetic learners in the world?
Museums for Play
Games give players the opportunity to do things that aren’t possible in the real world; they provide engaging experiences that players can cherish and enjoy. They can bring history and science to life through a virtual platform. Kinesthetic learners can relish in the interactive experience provided by these tools; however, they are not the only ones who enjoy a stimulating game. As of June 2011, the Entertainment Software Association published that 72 percent of the American population plays video games- and this number is on the rise. Gamers are getting older and more females are joining in on the fun each year.
Regardless of the negative stereotypes they are associated with, games can be fun, educational and completely customized. They can enhance the environment that surrounds them and provide their users with content-rich information that they are likely to remember.
Games are Fun
Contrary to popular belief, games aren’t just for kids; they are also appealing to teens and adults. In fact, in 2011, the median age of game-players reached 37 years and this number is still on the rise.
If you ask people why they play games, the general response will be: games are fun! Not only do they provide mental stimulation and excitement, but also, it’s a real source of social interaction.
Games are Educational
A well-developed game can teach players new and meaningful things without them even knowing it. Games have a reputation for being the counterpart of school and education, which is what attracts so many young players. What they don’t know is that games can be vehicles for education (in disguise!) Studies show that children learn more when they play educational games because they do not even realize they are learning. Sneaky, isn’t it?
MyOrpheo Blurb: Apps provide a terrific platform for problem solving and logic skill development. Interactive puzzles, matching and word games can greatly increase these skills, which is why MyOrpheo loves to include them in our apps!
Games allow failure in a way that is impossible in the real world. Therefore, games can create a unique experience in which players truly learn from their mistakes. Learning from mistakes is a very powerful way to learn.
App Games Can Be Customized
Of course it is necessary to balance the games’ educational and entertainment values. No one will enjoy playing it if it’s too educational- otherwise it will lose its “game” appeal. However, games lose their value if the focus is too much on entertainment.
For museums and cultural sites, it’s important for their visitors to leave feeling like they’ve retained something. It is easy for a tourist to wander through a beautiful museum full of priceless work and centuries of history, but still come out having learned nothing. Unless museums provide a unique experience to their visitors, they simply get forgotten.
Not only can interactive experiences provide museums something to differentiate themselves, but it will also provide them a completely new persona. Games can help break down the perception that museums are stuffy, elite institutions. If visitors have the opportunity to play and interactive with the exhibitions, they will feel more connected to the place. If they are provided the chance to be PART of something, it will undoubtedly become more noteworthy and meaningful to them.
Insider Secret: In addition to Augmented Reality, Qr Code Technology, & Interactive Maps, we’ve heard a LOT of talk in the museum industry about incorporating games into their exhibitions!