Collection of news and interest articles about Game Truck Australia, the game industry in general and specifically, the use of games as educational tools.

Gaming in Adelaide: ‘No Game’ and its discontents

Posted on May 19, 2014

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 2013 the launch of the South Australian Government's campaign generated some heated ...

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A Non-parental Disclaimer

Posted on May 15, 2014

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 not a registered teacher I've gone and done Basic First Aid Training, had a ...

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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 perfectly. The preparation and systems behind it all were great to see. As with ...

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Mum, can I play Grand Theft Auto V?

Posted on May 6, 2014

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 say yes, even though many of his school friends seem to be playing it. He quite ...

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

Posted on May 3, 2014

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 got there a bit early we used to have a bit of a go for 20c each (it was those ...

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3, 2, 1 Launch!

Posted on April 17, 2014

Today is a huge launch day for Game Truck Australia: the Indiegogo campaign is live (see right), which means that supporters can now provide material support to this thing that has been my labour of love for about six months. If you're not familiar with crowd funding or Indiegogo, it's a relatively new way to create something, and is often used for new small businesses or independent creative products like games, short films, or music. In ...

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Gaming and learning at school: No clear answers

Posted on April 15, 2014

Among the many concerns that parents and others may have about children's gaming activities is the effect that it may have on their academic achievement. Are games taking time away from school and homework? Are they reducing children's ability to concentrate, think, or interact socially? Or are the claims for the learning benefits of games actually true? As usual, the answers are much more complex than the questions. Recent moral panics ...

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Adelaide’s first mobile video game arcade

Posted on April 6, 2014

People who know me might be aware that I’ve been working on something very exciting for a few months, but now Game Truck Australia is really coming to life. I’ve had a varied career in University administration and academia, and I’m now embarking on a business venture. It is literally a dream come true: about six months ago I was quite sick with shingles in a tooth (!) and I woke up from a dream of the most awesome kids’ gaming birthday ...

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This Just In: Freeplay Not Newsworthy

Posted on March 31, 2014

First up: I LOVED Freeplay; it was my first. Where have you been all my life? To state that the 2013 Freeplay Independent Games Festival was not newsworthy is not a putdown; rather, it's a compliment for a game culture often characterised by industry hype, negativity and toxic behaviour. After all, if the mainstream media is newsworthy, I don’t mind avoiding it. I’ve been to a good few games event in the past year. I’m no industry ...

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