A new online role-playing game, designed by a U.S. professor who is a top researcher in Chinese education, aims to help students and adults learn more about the culture and languages of China. Called Zon, the game requires free registration but is entirely browser-based, so users can play from home or school. By interacting in the Zon environment, students are exposed to Chinese language and cultural knowledge; everything they do in the game is another chance to learn new words, phrases, and cultural information. "Games are supposed to be fun and educational," Sichuan native Yong Zhao, now a Michigan State University distinguished professor of educational psychology and technology and the creator of Zon, told the Detroit Free Press. "This game offers a vicarious, virtual experience of China."



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