Aug 24, 2009: Learning. Gaming. Seriously. Successfully.

80Days at the world‘s largest games trade fair -
the gamescom in Cologne


Celebrate the Games was the motto of the first ever gamescom in Cologne. It has been a great celebration and a great success as the new gamescom fair goes straight to the top as the world's largest games fair. New level of visitor numbers and internationality, Industry, specialist and private visitors enthused by the trade fair and festival. The premiere of the new leading trade fair for interactive entertainment and games - gamescom - has been a complete success. 245,000 visitors came to the Cologne site from 19 - 23 August to experience and try out game novelties provided by 458 exhibiting companies from 31 countries. Straight away this makes gamescom the largest games fair in the world and with a ratio of around 44 percent, internationally extremely successful. Next gamescom only in Cologne will be from 18. to 22. August 2010.

This of course was an event not to be missed by the 80Days project that presented a new dimension of learning with computer games on its gamescom booth in hall 8. The 80Days project "immersed" itself into the big crowd of gamers to present and to discuss the new great opportunities of Technology Enhanced Learning for our information societies. After many discussions with professionals, teachers, parents, politicians, children of various ages and all types of gamers we received the encouraging message: Please make it happen, we want to play it! This confirms our mission statement saying: „Many want to play but learning is a duty to everybody. Let‘s make the best out of this“ Or like one of the gamescom motto songs shouted out: „It‘s the information age, brother!“


Furthermore, the 80Days project conducted a survey with 87 qualified interviews/questionnaires in the group of 10-14 aged youngsters to be evaluated and integrated into the 80Days research on games and learning.

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