Articles | Volume 4, issue 1
Geosci. Commun., 4, 11–31, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-4-11-2021
Geosci. Commun., 4, 11–31, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-4-11-2021

Research article 04 Feb 2021

Research article | 04 Feb 2021

Volcanoes in video games: the portrayal of volcanoes in commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) video games and their learning potential

Edward G. McGowan and Jazmin P. Scarlett

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Results from reviewing 15 popular video games demonstrate a combination of accuracies and inaccuracies that could impact on people’s self-learning of volcanoes. Several volcanic features are represented to varying degrees of accuracy (stratovolcanoes and calderas, lava flows, volcanic ash, and lava bombs), whereas health risks are often inaccurate. Suggested applications of the findings for educational environments are given, such as group projects in open-world games.
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