I was thinking of writing a game to help me learn characters. Someone has done exactly what I had been thinking of, but way better than I ever could. It's called WeiLiYu, and is available free here http://weiliyu.sourceforge.net/ . A fish with a character swims down the screen. You have to type in the pinyin correctly to feed the fish. You get a percentage score at the end, plus a graphic of your troublesome characters. You can create your own vocab lists, and even save the characters you have most trouble with. Simple, fun, effective.
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