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简介3. Players learn from failure
3. Players learn from failure
After Harcourt in 2011 unsuccessfully rebooted Carmen Sandiego on Facebook, Secor and Libby pursued the matter more aggressively. "Eventually we kind of poked them and said, 'Listen, you're not really selling it.'" To their credit, Harcourt finally agreed and handed over the rights.After a furious bidding war among five developers, TERC settled on the Boston educational media studio FableVision. In the bargain, TERC also got the services of the non-profit Learning Games Network, as well as Hancock and Osterweil, the game's original co-creators, who were part of FableVision's bid.
Libby, who became the project's executive producer, soon got a gift in the mail from Harcourt: a hard drive holding 20 gigabytes of data. On the hard drive were assets for all three Zoombinis games: art, sound and music. The game, it turned out, was built using a proprietary game engine particular to Broderbund. All FableVision had to do was take it all apart, create all new art and gameplay, and put it all back together again. In several cases, FableVision's Gary Goldberger said, designers checking on details simply fired up an old Macintosh G4 and played a rare copy of the original.A February 2015 Kickstarter campaign aimed at raising $50,000 to fund the desktop versions alerted "a very hardcore fan base" to the reboot,?said Libby. It raised $101,716, some of which will go toward upgrading the game's final level. In it, all of the Zoombinis get to Zoombiniville, but in the existing version, players get perfunctory fireworks and a screen that says, "You win.""For all that hard work, it's a little anticlimactic," said Libby of the final scene.
They also created a Facebook page and regularly use it to check in with fans. In an early design meeting, the question arose: Should they rename the characters? Their current names are randomly generated jumbles of letters. Libby opened his laptop and posed the question to the group. Within minutes, the answer was clear: No. One writer said she had a character and its name tattooed on her right hip.TERC has also been beating the bushes for grant funding to study how much "computational thinking" kids do while playing Zoombinis, both at home and in the classroom, and whether teachers can extend the lessons outside the game. The National Science Foundation has already funded this research to the tune of nearly $2 million.
Fans are excited.
“I’m definitely going to play through it a bunch,” said Wagner Koop, 21, a student at?Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. ?“It’s just kind of re-experiencing something that I really enjoyed as a kid.?I’m pretty excited to see how this turns out.”Zynga is a global leader in interactive entertainment with a mission to connect the world through games. To date, more than one billion people have played Zynga’s franchises including CSR Racing ?, Empires & Puzzles ?, Merge Dragons! ?, Words With Friends ? and Zynga Poker ?. Zynga’s games are available in more than 150 countries and are playable across social platforms and mobile devices worldwide. Founded in 2007, the company is headquartered in San Francisco with locations in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, India, Turkey and Finland. For more information, visit www.zynga.com or follow Zynga on Twitter and Facebook.
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