Articles | Volume 5, issue 4
Geosci. Commun., 5, 325–337, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-5-325-2022
Geosci. Commun., 5, 325–337, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-5-325-2022
Research article
 | Highlight paper
11 Oct 2022
Research article  | Highlight paper | 11 Oct 2022

The potential for using video games to teach geoscience: learning about the geology and geomorphology of Hokkaido (Japan) from playing Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Edward G. McGowan and Lewis J. Alcott

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on gc-2022-10', Jamie Pringle, 20 Jun 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Edward McGowan, 12 Jul 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on gc-2022-10', Jazmin Scarlett, 22 Jun 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Edward McGowan, 12 Jul 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (18 Aug 2022) by Leslie Almberg
AR by Edward McGowan on behalf of the Authors (26 Aug 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (15 Sep 2022) by Leslie Almberg
ED: Publish as is (15 Sep 2022) by John K. Hillier(Executive Editor)
AR by Edward McGowan on behalf of the Authors (16 Sep 2022)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Executive editor
This work is an accessible illustration of the way geo-science is present in the everyday environment experienced by many people, so may be of interest to the broader education community or wider public.
Short summary
The fictional landscape of Hisui from Pokémon Legends: Arceus is inspired by the real-world island of Hokkaido, Japan. This paper illustrates how the game can be used to explore geological concepts including volcanology, economic geology, and hazard mitigation, by comparing in-game features to their real-world counterparts on Hokkaido. Applications from this study include increasing geoscientific interest and facilitating the self-learning or formal teaching of geoscience worldwide.
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