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GAMBIT Releases Color Theory Game Created with STEP
MIT News has an article posted about Poikilia, a game about color theory created this summer at MIT's GAMBIT Gamelab in collaboration with STEP.
'We liked the idea of working with additive and subtractive color theories because it's a topic that most people don't have a grasp on at any age,' Poikilia product owner Jason Haas said. 'In Massachusetts, we teach it in elementary school, but I bet if you asked the person next to you at work how the two color mixing theories work, you'd get a blank stare.' ...
Haas said that, like other puzzle games, Poikilia is 'driven by revelation.' His team wanted their game to create a space without time constraints and without, as he put it, 'dire consequences of failure' in order to afford for players’ experimentation — for reasoning — until they reach a breakthrough moment."
Play Poikilia here: gambit.mit.edu/loadgame/poikilia.php