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FAQ: Ages in the Game Truck

Question: What age ranges do you cater for in a Game Truck party? Answer: Well the simple answer is 6-16+, but it's more complicated than that. There is really no upper limit since adults of any age can play and have a great time in the Game Truck. I've had anything from a 16th birthday party of about 12 to a bunch of 35-year olds playing their favourite retro ...

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Stereotypes of gaming: Still here

Social media was abuzz last week with the new cover of Time, which features this: You may well ask, what's the big deal? It's an image of Palmer Luckey, the creator of Oculus Rift, one of the Virtual Reality (VR) headsets on the brink of release. Sure, it's 'goofy', but is it really the greatest threat to VR around? Well, I think it's worse. Sure, it is ...

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The truth about gaming: Digital Australia 16

Australia's best biennial research about video games has just been released: Digital Australia 2016, commissioned by the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association and conducted by Bond University. The predominant theme of this report is 'Video games mature for education, health and ageing', and the brief summary from the foreword best summarises the report's ...

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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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Kids make games, win prizes!

Do you know a kid who loves video games and is handy with a computer? Have you ever considered that they could not only make their own video games, but also win prizes doing so? Well there is a huge opportunity on the horizon for them. Recently the Australian Council for Educational Research announced that registrations have opened for the Australian STEM ...

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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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Game Over: Not!

In a tough blow for a great local business, Game Room Essentials has been forced to close by the Port Adelaide Enfield Council, effective immediately. In short, a Council inspection found fire hazards and other unnamed safety concerns; the proprietor, Danny Daly, offered to work with the Council to improve the venue but his pleas went unheard. The full story is has ...

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Minecraft and Teamwork

Gaming isn't all beer and skittles, sometimes. As many parents know, Minecraft in particular can be the source of just as much grief as joy. I've written before about griefing and its dangers, but recently I experienced a different challenge in facilitating fun friendly gaming with Minecraft.In short, playing Minecraft with others, especially on split screen, ...

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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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Controversy: GTA V again

Controversy breeds angry words, but let's stop to think about things a bit. Big news at the moment is the fact that Target (and now Kmart) have removed Grand Theft Auto V from their shelves following a Change.org petition calling for Target to recall the sale of Grand Theft Auto V. The main reason given is that the game 'encourages players to commit sexual ...

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