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Ask a Gamer 6: Games in Schools

From a former student and now-teacher friend of mine: I have been wondering about gaming and education, particularly because I suspect that gaming is the only technology that is actually 'revolutionary' in term of education; all the other multitudinous ways that technology is great in schools has allowed for changes in degrees rather than kind - so, blogs are a ...

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Ask a Gamer 5: Video Games and Ratings

As you may know, I love getting questions about games and game culture. I love it even more when those questions come from a keen High School student doing something on games for their Research Project. This week I was contacted by Adam, who is researching video games and the Australian ratings system, and I thought he had some really great questions. His specific ...

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Ask a gamer 4: What’s the ‘M’ rating mean?

This  is a very good question, as the details of the Australian Classification Board's rating system are not really all that intuitive. I've commented previously on the age-appropriateness of Halo but it's worth going into a bit more detail. The key difference here is the distinction between the standard 'M' rating (with the blue symbol) and the MA 15+ rating (look ...

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Ask a Gamer 3: Is Halo good for a party?

The single most common question I get from parents interested in booking a Game Truck party is around the types of games that are available. My general rule is that we want games that are age-appropriate, split screen multiplayer, accessible, fun, with a moderate amount of competition. But an email I received from a parent of a 10-year old today asked, The birthday ...

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Ask a Gamer 2: What is ‘griefing’?

The number one rule at Game Truck Australia parties is 'No Griefing', and while the kids reluctantly nod, parents often ask, 'what's griefing'? Great question, and one I'm happy to answer. The Minecraft Wiki defines griefing as: Griefing is the act of irritating and angering people in video games through the use of destruction, construction, or social engineerin...

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Ask a Gamer 1: A console primer

A Facebook friend of my asked a question I thought I could help with, so this is the first in a series of posts designed to help real parents with the real questions facing them in their family's gaming lives. I need some advice!! We have an X-box; it's pretty much just used for Skylanders these days. [Daughter] is asking for a Wii (she doesn't know what type/v...

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