A number of years ago I saw Jane McGonigal speak at a conference. I came away with some new notions and thoughts. This in turn lead me to want to know more. I purchased her book “Reality is Broken” and read it, and while I still have some reservations I now look at games in a new light.
Games are changing the way kids interact and think. As a parent I have often bemoaned the hours spent in front of the screen playing games. And yes, I have been known to state on more than one occasion “why don’t you go outside and hike a mountain or build something?” However, once I kind of started to set aside some of my preconceived notions about games and joined my son, I began to realize that there may be more going on.
Games are changing and can (as some studies have shown) really teach kids new techniques and problem solving. The ability to fail at something, learn from it and then try again is a core tenet in both gaming and what I want my kids to apply to everyday leaning and life. So, here are a couple of things that just might get you thinking.
First is a TED talk from Jane McGonigal in which she promises to give you 7.5 minutes longer of life, and who doesn’t want an extra 7.5 minutes?
The second is a very recent link to 11 games that where just honored for social impact as featured on the School Library Journal.
Lastly, a couple of games that I have really enjoyed for the storyline and problemsolving. (not to mention the soundtrack and artwork).
The Room game – a erie problem solving open the box kind of game. No people or monsters – just get the box open. Available on Google Play and the App Store.
Monument Valley game – A 3-dimensional game that has amazing artwork, soundtrack and simple story line. At the core, again a problem solving spacial game. Available only on the Apple App Store.
Dare I say… get to gaming (a bit that is).