||Game Title: Zon|
|Genre: Web Browser|
|Developer: Michigan State University|
|Official Site: http://enterzon.com/|
What will make you learn a foreign language? For interests in foreign cultures? For playing games on foreign server? Or some others? But I think no matter which one would be the reason, how to make language learning a pleasure, not a burden is always a hot titles for all of us. Well, now can you imagine to achieve the goal through a game? Zon will tell you that it's true.
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Welcome to Zon! Come Join the Fun!
Zon is an unique interactive massively multiplayer online role playing game for learning Mandarin Chinese.
By interacting in the Zon environment you will be exposed to Chinese language and cultural knowledge in a new and exciting way. Everything that you do in the game is another chance to learn new words, phrases and cultural info about China. Never before has learning Chinese been more fun.
The nice part about Zon is it is all browser based. No client applications are required, so you can log in and play from school, work or home. Zon is a persistant environment, so when you log off, the world still keeps going.
As you progress through the game, your character graduates from the tourist class, to a resident of Zon and then finally a citizen, where you can own businesses and create new content for the world.
So sign up, log in and enjoy the experience of Zon. In a matter of minutes you'll feel ready to visit the real China!
A new type of Language Learning
We've been developing Zon in our minds for years, but only recently were we able to give Zon shape in the digital realm. Dr. Yong Zhao, a Michigan State University Distinguished Professor, originally outlined the concept in a paper three years ago in 2004. From there it has taken us four years to create the game and three design iterations before becoming the reality it is today. Without the sponsorship of the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and Michigan State University Zon would never have existed. It is only through their insight and pursuit of excellence in international education that we'd have the resources to produce such a unique and exciting learning game.
Introduction to Zon
Zon is a multiplayer, online learning environment designed to teach Chinese language and culture through gameplay. As a web-based site, Zon provides real-time, on-demand connection to interactive learning activities and authentic cultural information. Zon players are motivated not only by their intrinsic desire to learn more about Chinese language and culture, but also the ability to interact with engaging story-driven plot lines, interesting characters, and fellow players. Zon is built on the premise that learning is interactive. The game provides the opportunity for players to learn from non-player characters (NPCs), responsive game agents, and other players. Throughout each scene, players can engage with various elements of the environment, but they can also speak with other players in that scene or elsewhere in Zon. This allows for players to learn from both the designed game elements and other players. In this way, Zon is designed to provide social and environmental scaffolds to support player learning.
Zon - The Gameplay Guide