ERIC Number: ED389222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
What the Heck is a MOO? And What's the Story with All Those Cows?
One segment of a computerized adventure game system (Multi-User Dimensions, or MUD) designed for learners of English as a second language (ESL) is described. The acronym MOO refers to MUD Object Oriented, the programming language used for the system. The system allows for individuals in different locations to communicate directly with each other, through Internet, in the game context. The segment discussed is "schMOOze U," a game based on a virtual university. Users, identified as characters by fictional self-descriptions, can move about within this context and according to a set of rules and regulations defined by the user community. This networked virtual reality game is intended to remove ESL learners' communicative inhibitions. Users can learn commands in a "classroom," engage in word games, write texts for the library, participate in grammar exercises, have conferences, and stage events; one user hosted a party. An online dictionary is provided. A characteristic of the game system is the common use of puns. Within the first year of its existence, the game logged in 350 permanent characters and guests from over 1,000 sites around the world. The report concludes with a brief essay about schMOOze U written by one Hong Kong user. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adventure Games; MOOs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (29th, Long Beach, CA, March 26-April 1, 1995).