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Wizard101 (W101)
KingsIsle Entertainment | Play Now
MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 09/02/08)  | Pub:KingsIsle Entertainment
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download | Retail Price:n/a | Pay Type:Free | Monthly Fee:$09.95
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Focus on Intergenerational Play

Posted by Suzie Ford on May 09, 2011  | Comments

Focus on Intergenerational Play - MMORPG.com

KingsIsle has revealed some terrific Wizard101 data gleaned from a survey conducted by Trinity University. The survey included over 30,000 Wizard101 player volunteers across all age groups and was designed to assess the viability of intergenerational play in Wizard101.

Key findings:

  • Intergenerational play is an important and emerging dimension within online games.
    • Many families (children, parents and grandparents) are not only playing games together online, but they report being brought closer together by playing them.  
  • Many creative communities have emerged from online games; this is particularly evident in Wizard101.
    • Players report building on the foundational narrative of Wizard101 to imagine their own stories and create works of art.
  • Many parents report their children learn valuable academic and social skills from playing.
    • Survey respondents indicate that playing Wizard101 teaches skills such as reading, math, goal-setting, and time and financial management.
    • Survey responses indicate players are learning to value teamwork, cooperation, and interactions with other cultures.
  • Players of all ages report learning more about family members when playing together.

Read more about Wizard101.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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