video games have been a part of my life for a long time. there is still a prevailing point of view that video games are either child's play or warping the minds of children. i say this video games are a medium that can be used for any purpose.
they have been a window that has driven me to travel the world. i saw counties and culture that i wanted to experience in person. they have been a refuge in the darkest times of my life. i could get away from pain and worse through living vicariously through super heroes and secret agents. they have been a target of aspiration that has been a part of driving me to better myself physically and intellectually. i wanted to be able to fight like a master, climb buildings and hack computers, so i learned Jeet Kune Do, rock climbing and got advanced degrees in computers.
Derek Lomas, through PLAYPOWER, is using video games to educate people through cheap and easy to use technology. to that end, he gathers people from many different disciplines to create a platform and software to reach and teach people all over the world. this is no small feat. this technology must be cheap enough for anyone to buy, as well as 'transparent' enough to be used by anyone of any age and of all cultures.
not only does he look to face the challenge of making a cheap, useful hardware and software technology that is both universal and powerful, he is set to face powerful opposition. education is the bane of the self-centered and greedy; they fear the light that will be shed upon their practices, as well as the bright and wonderful generation that will replace them.
as a person that has been a teacher in several countries, an educational software researcher and a video game developer, i find this cause particularly dear to my heart and close to the type of thing that i would like to do.