Hi it’s Daniel, writing this blog from Chile, where the 7 Generation Games office for Latin America is based.
This blog is dedicated to the importance of history, to all those who dedicate their lives to teach it, and to those who fight for a more equal society.
Chile is going through a critical moment in its history due to the social movement that has been present with great force during the last week. For the first time in Chilean history, different social sectors have come together to express dissatisfaction about many issues: the minimum wage, the price of public transportation, the pension system, the payment of taxes, among other issues. A series of problems to the detriment of the working class and the middle class that has existed for 30 years.
Where’s Chile and what’s happening there?
Chile is a long, narrow country in South America on the southwest coast. It covers an area of 291,930 square miles and has a population of 17.5million people, according to the 2017 Census. Its capital is Santiago, where, as I mentioned before – Strong Mind Studios – our office for Latam is based.
Massive protests, strikes, and riots have been the majority of events this past week in Chile. Sebastian Piñera, president of Chile declared a “state of emergency” in many cities of the country, restricting the freedom of its citizens through a curfew that hasn’t been executed since the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
You might wonder, what does this have to do with me?
MEMORY IS FRAGILE AND HISTORY IS THE SOLUTION
If you ever complained about having to study history – welcome to the club – when I attended school here in Chile “History and Social Studies” was the subject I least liked. I didn’t understand why I had to learn about people and events of the past, people that were no longer alive.
However, one teacher wisely said to me:
“LEARN ABOUT HISTORICAL FACTS AND THEIR CHARACTERS, IT HELPS US UNDERSTAND THE PRESENT AND LEADS US INTO THE FUTURE”
Imagine if there were no records of the history of Chile, if the testimony of people who lived during the dictatorship had remained silent and over time forgotten … all the decisions and actions we would take could be measures already applied in the past, actions that failed and led us to current scenarios like the one Chile faces today.
It’s a worldwide matter
History is important and learning it depends on you. As you know, at 7 Generation Games we make games that include Native American history. We know that keeping Native American traditions and their culture is important. That’s why we create video games with this historical background.
We invite you to download our games and give us your opinion. We want the teaching process to be didactic and entertaining for everyone, because we want a better, conscious and smarter society.
Learn about Native American History with our games
In Fish Lake, players practice with Fractions while learning math problem-solving strategies. They’ll also be introduced to Native American history. Watch out for poisonous snakes! Canoe through the rapids. Find enough food for your village’s survival. Figure out “what’s fair.” Who knew you could get this excited about fractions? Recommended for grades 4 and up.
Math: Multiplication and Division
History: Dakota (Sioux) History, Plains Native Americans
Learn Multiplication and Division from a 3-D Adventure Game set in Native American History.
In Spirit Lake: The Game, players learn how to solve multiplication, division and geometry through word problems set in the context of a stories based on the history and culture of the Dakota people. Save your tribe from attacks and a spreading epidemic by solving math problems while escaping rabid wolves and hunting buffalo. Math has never been this fun!
Learn about Mayan History with our games
AzTech: The Story Begins
Description: “AzTech: The Story Begins” teaches math as well as incorporates social studies and language arts – because real life isn’t broken down by subject. Making it twice as nice, it can be played in English or as a bilingual English/Spanish experience. AzTech Games is the FIRST fully bilingual, cross-curricular math adventure game series on the market. Language of instruction is controlled by the player on every single page within the game, including text, audio and video content.
|Recommended for||5-7 grade|
|Math topics||Fractions and Statistics|
|Culture||Latin America, Maya|
|Available for||iPhone, Web|
AzTech: Meet the Maya
Description: In the heart of the Mayan jungle. In this fully bilingual game, players learn and apply skills from how to read timelines to understanding distributions to reading pictographs (and more!).
|Recommended for||5-8 grade|
|Culture||Latin America, Maya|
|Available for||iPhone, iPad|