Reply 2960 of 3091, by Gemini000
Ancient DOS Games Episode 235 - Thinkin' Things Collection 2 is online!
I really expected this one to be way better considering how good the original program was, but... nope. This program is entertaining for sure and there's nothing wrong with it in that sense, but it completely fails at actually educating, and rather spectacularly when you understand why exactly it's missing the mark. Educating with software is very tricky and a lot of the people who wrote this stuff were NOT educators, they were designers and programmers, thus why so many of these programs fail so hard at that aspect.
Just as an aside, more than once when I'd go into work at my job writing math software between 2002 and 2004, I'd be near the end of a project and would propose a new idea for one, or my boss would hand me a basic idea and ask me to elaborate on it or make it interesting, and rather than be given the thumbs up right away, he would express concern about what was actually being taught. How you intend children to use your software is ultimately very different from how they actually will, so you have to put yourself in their shoes and try to understand what it is they're learning when they make mistakes or fail to use the software as intended. It's a concept I understand very well, which is why I can be a little hard on these edutainment titles sometimes because it stands out so blatantly to me when someone DIDN'T check that. :P