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Tips for Safe Online Gaming Part 2

....cont'd from Tips for Safe Online Gaming Part 1 5. Build awareness of privacy settings and parental controls Application developers are well aware of the need for boundaries in the online environment, and many consoles, apps and games have privacy settings and parental controls (for example, see how it works on Xobox 360). Many games allow parents to reduce ...

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5 reasons why Starcraft is the new Chess

Starcraft II is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game where players build and defend fortifications in a top-down 3D world. It attracts a high degree of loyalty and commitment from the thousands of people who play in the official leagues. What is less well known is how similar it is to Chess, and why (although some have noted parallels before). 1. You can play ...

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Tips for Safe Online Gaming Part 1

Parents sometimes worry about their children’s safety when playing video games: from inappropriate content to griefing, cyberbullying and online abuse, gaming seems a minefield for child safety. It may be tempting to throw your hands in the air and the console in the bin, but there are things that you can do to help create boundaries and build a positive gaming ...

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Gaming in Adelaide: ‘No Game’ and its discontents

There is community concern about increased media use among children and any negative impacts it may have. The 'Gambling is No Game' campaign run by the South Australian government has some very unwelcome attention from the Adelaide gaming community. This is largely the result of misunderstanding and a historical sense of marginalisation amongst gamers. In late ...

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A Non-parental Disclaimer

I have a confession to make: I'm not a parent. Don't have kids, never had, never even really looked after any. Have never taught in a school - Universities only. I'm fine with this, but I thought that in the interests of full disclosure I should let everyone here know. Of course, I've had great relationships with kids of all ages in the family, and because I'm ...

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Minecraft Camps in Adelaide: Game Truck Australia reports

This is Minecraft like I've never seen before. Minecraft Camps have been running for a few years around the country, but this is the first time I've had the chance to observe one in action. I was lucky enough to have a fantastic nephew to take along so I got an insider's view, and I loved what I saw. The energy in the room was incredible, and Tim handled the event ...

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Mum, can I play Grand Theft Auto V?

This must be a question that is echoed around the world, accompanied by protests, arguments, pleading, and sometimes screamcrying. When my good friend’s son asked me this, presumably in the hope of getting me onside to convince her, I had to ask how old he was. He said eleven. I said no way, not possible - he made a sadface: he didn’t really believe I would ...

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Self-discipline in gaming: Curse you, Pac-Land!

When I was quite young I had a very formative experience that taught me a lot about gaming behaviour. It's something that might help other gamers, or kids, or parents. At about the age of 8 I was training in Jishukan Jujitsu (a bit like Karate) with my brother, at St Jay's Recreation Centre in Salisbury. In the lobby they had a few arcade machines, and if we ...

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