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January 30, 2011


Chris the Playstation Move guy

I think game based learning can be huge, and not only can it be a positive for students and children, but it's a big market opportunity as well.


Well, mostly computer games are addictive because of its reward system. Honestly, who would play a game with nothing to unlock? Even farmville for sure has its unlockables.

Iain Williamson

Ollie, not sure if you are aware but in Media Studies there is an entire unit entitled 'The Effects Debate' in which students gain the opportunity to engage with this issue on a mature level. Basically from the 70s onwards, most media practitioners agree that audiences seek active pleasures (Uses & Gratifications Theory, Blumler & Katz, 1974) from media texts, rather than consuming texts in a passive manner. Hence, what 'gratifications' are students seeking from the media they consume? (And why?) It is pointless to generalise about games in a negative manner...this is simply sloppy, ill informed journalism. To use Goleman's 'Emotional Intelligence' example, the Purdy case study springs to mind. Young people deal with turmoil, strife etc in a number of ways. I suspect that for most, playing first-person-shooter games is much more of a cathartic process than a destructive one. Those most vulnerable are the students who seek 'diversion' (escapism) because reality is not a very happy place. Check out Ill Effects by Barker & Petley which is a seminal read on the discussion. For an even more contemporary discussion on gaming, check out the work of Henry Jenkins and in particular his 2006 white paper on media literacy.

Brian O'Connell

Video games take the blame for a lot of things, such as sedentary lifestyle. But games and gaming, in and of itself, isn't a bad thing. It's just like the old adage about everything in moderation.

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