How a Fun, Simple Game Changed My Perspective About Games.

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My mother is my inspiration in many ways. As a child, even the seemingly simplest of things she did seemed grand to me. 

I bet you've watched those sci-fi movies where someone types accurately and at a super fast pace without looking at the keyboard. That is how my mother types. Her typing skills were one of the skills I admired the most.

My deep respect for games started right after high school. I was pretty idle at home waiting for communication from the universities I had applied to.

One day my mother came home with her work laptop. It was relatively new and I liked how you could move around with it. The other home computer was pretty much stuck in one place.

It was only natural for me to be fascinated by this new contraption. So I curiously started exploring whatever was within and that is how I stumbled upon Mavis Beacon.

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Mavis Beacon is a game that teaches typing, with fun quests to accomplish and interesting music and animations that make the whole experience memorable.

I love animations. I love them so much that I could barely hear when someone talked to me as a child while I was watching them. My mother's words.

I owe a lot to animations; my love for art was born from my love for drawing my favorite animated characters.

Apparently, I was once left alone in the house as a child while watching a German animation.


We had traveled to Germany to visit my father. I could not understand a thing but my mother had dashed to the shop and found me at the same place she had left me. She knew me and my crazy love for cartoons that well.

So the fact that Mavis Beacon was filled with colorful animations only made my quest for fast typing skills achievable in the most fun and engaging way.

In less than two months I had finished the training and could comfortably type fast and accurately while simply looking at the screen.

Speaking of Germany, Goethe Institut sometime last year announced a call for application for Creatives who would like to attend a workshop on how to create games for change. I applied and got in.



It's been a year and a half now and my team and I have been through numerous game development trainings. Our game which is designed to address corruption is due to be launched on the 24th of September this year.

Thanks to my Mother, Mavis Beacon, Animations, Goethe Institut and my Enter Africa Nairobi team, I am slowly getting to create fun learning games. I will continue sharing our journey as a team with you here.

I hope that this article and the ones that will follow will also help you view games from another perspective.  A perspective that is larger than a fun pass time and or even a total waste of time. Games can help you learn skills that make you more like the people you admire. Maybe like your mother.



2 comments:

Joseph Obel said...

I really love this, your writing wit is on fleek!!

Wendi Ndaki said...

Why, thank you! Joseph

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