Can we put educational games as an answer for question like this?

Maybe should I make this clear in my question, that I'm not asking for games for kids, because without this users can close my questions as offtopic?

  • I'd say that 1: as long as the question itself isn't asking for games, the question itself is on topic and 2: even if the answer is a game, as long as it fits the needs of the question, it's a good answer.
    – dotVezz
    Feb 5, 2014 at 22:06
  • So, Android games to learn English for small kids is bad for this site? Feb 6, 2014 at 17:37

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I think that's fine.

I'm against having game recommendations here, but educational games are a different breed. There is a fine line between educational games and educational software that isn't really a game. The focus of educational software is a concrete, objective goal: to learn something. That's very different from the usual focus of games which is to have fun.

A question that asks (with sufficient detail) “how can I learn something?” is in the same mold as, say, Brain trainer — exercise perception, cognition and memory. Some of the answers may be games, but the purpose is using the software (which may happen to be a game) for learning. That's as valid a purpose as any.

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    +1. To those who think "game!=useful", StackExchange itself can be officially thought of as a game (as per its design that is heavy on gamification :)
    – DVK
    Feb 6, 2014 at 0:55
  • Duolingo teaches language, Quake teaches reflex etc :) Feb 6, 2014 at 17:36

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