Emily Anthes writes in the Boston Globe:
"Video games are hard,'' said Eric Klopfer, the director of MIT's Education Arcade, which studies and develops educational video games. "People don't like to play easy games, and games have figured out a way to encourage players to persist at solving challenging problems.''
"Until now, people have been asking can you learn anything from games?'' MIT's Klopfer said. "That's a less interesting question than what aspects of games are important for fostering learning.''
Klopfer is currently conducting research to determine how important narrative is in an educational physics game: Do students learn more with a more narrative game?