Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom in the classroom!





"If there's one word I would use to describe Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, it would be "delightful." From beginning to end, Majin is a game designed from the ground up to make you smile, and in that respect, it is a magnificent success. A charming and compelling experience, if any game this year could be considered heartfelt and genuine, then this would be it."

Jim Sterling (DestrucToid)

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom has just hit stores in Europe, the 26th November 2010. It is the kind of game that you will love at first sight

In a effort to reach a wider audience, Namco Bandai bet in height (8) languages including Portuguese. So, it's available in the native languages of a maximum number of people.

Wow!! Finally Portuguese language!! It's good to have the text and the voices in the native language!




Some screens of Namco Bandai's charming new adventure game, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom. A good Narrative text for sure! And the music! Fantastic!

Let's visit the official website that describes this fantasious game!



Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom (screenshot)


With a charming atmospheric look and with what seems like an endearing and heartwarming story as opposed to a bleak and depressing one, Majin has potential to be a terrific game. 

It's a PS3 and Xbox 360 game and is available on Amazon.


Synopsis:

A kingdom has been overtaken by a substance known only as the Darkness, which envelops living beings and turns them into mindless, nigh invincible soldiers of evil. Tepeu, a young thief who can talk to animals, steals his way into this kingdom to protect his own home from decay. 

Once in the kingdom, he discovers an ancient power that has been hidden away by the Darkness, a creature known as the Majin. Together, Tepeu and the Majin must work together in order to destroy evil, rescue the kingdom, and get the girl. 

Oh, don't miss the telling story on the website. Students will love it!




The game caught my eye today with a really promising trailer, seeming to hint at a game with all the aesthetic need to gaming in school.

The screens continue this theme, with some really pretty looking backdrops and unique character designs. I think this has potential to be a cult classic, if the gameplay is as good as the visual style. 

For Portuguese students or Portuguese foreign language, don't miss the Portuguese trailer below:





This new game was released very recently. If, like me, you somehow managed to not hear about this game until today, do check it out! . It's hard not to fall in love with this beast, and I'm already drawn into the journey the game's two characters will share.

Just love it! It's so charming!  Majin, a towering beast that forges a strange friendship with a thief, Tepeu. The two characters balance each other surprisingly well, with Tepeu's cunning and speed matched by the Majin's adorable dimwittedness and hulking force.





Education:

So well! Here we are again! Games in the school! 

Ok! Do you remember Prince of Persia, no doubt! The narrative seems very similar. Let's include some activities and enjoy a different course.  

In the classroom, begin to let students, on theirs smartphones, visit the official website "Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom" on the internet, and discover the story, the features and media.


Don't forget to get the mission on the Facebook info.  




Context:

A. Cross curricula: native language, foreign language, design, music
B. Values: cooperation, collaboration, equality, inclusion, loyalty
C. Target school group - secondary school

Some activites: 

Teaching and learning different languages (choose the language between English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Dutch and of course Portuguese)

1. Languages courses:
1.1. Listening & comparing the translation into Portuguese or another language;

2. The Narrative text (structure);

3. Civic values: cooperation, friendship, equaliy, inclusion;

4. Grammar; vocalulary;

5. Translation exercises;

6. The creation of different characters in the design course;

7. Listen and comprehending the music composition in the music course.


The music of "Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom" was written by "fairy tale world" music specialist Sahashi Toshihiko, who has also composed music for Tokio's Disneyland. 


Share with your students the videos music behind the game here 


Be yourself creative and share some other activities with us!


Good practices!


G-Souto

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References:


Gina Souto, Prince of Persia: an interesting narrative text, June 16, 2010
http://gsouto-digitalteacher.blogspot.com


Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
http://majin.namcobandaigames.com


Jim Sterling, DestrucToid
http://destructoid.com


Gameover/Sapo
http://gameover.sapo.pt



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