Does "The Sims" video game accurately depict human psychology? Does a train simulator like "Railroad Tycoon" broach some basic engineering ideas? A group of educators, developers, and game publishers believe they might.

The consortium, calling itself The Education Arcade, is launching a "games for learning" seal of approval to help consumers identify titles that teach more than hand-eye coordination.

The labels were announced May 10 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles and should begin appearing this fall.

Members of the consortium include MIT's


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