My brief foray into educational game design a few years back keeps me focused as least passively on what is going on in the game development sphere.
It looks like metaplace.com, which conceptually SHOULD have been successful, is shifting gears (going under). It is a shame, I think the 2.5D Flash environment has potential, but in a world of triple A shooters a cartoon big headed avatar Flash environment I think failed to capture content creators which spells death for metaplace's current model.
Oh well, sometimes you step up to the plate, swing, and strike out. I wish a prosperous future to the folks at metaplace, no harm in failing as long as they pick themselves up, brush off, learn, and move forward.