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Growing up in the ’80s, I found educational video games quite common. The Oregon Trail, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Leisure Suit Larry, and so forth. That has apparently disappeared since gaming now seems to be dominated by consoles and handhelds, devices typically not found in schools, except I guess on dedicated educational platforms like Leapster. So it was something of a surprise to see an educational game like Nom Nation get released in the Minis program. Actually, from the trailer, it is hard to tell that Nom Nation is an educational game. It’s a platformer full of crude humor. It’s developed by Playerthree at the behest of something called Channel 4, which, if I can believe Wikipedia, was the fourth national TV channel on the air in the UK. I have no idea if that is the UK equivalent of PBS or Fox. Based on Nom Nation’s style, it seems like a combination of both, the not-so-subtle humor of, say, Family Guy, combined with the preachiness of Sesame Street.