Caleb started out thinking about How are video games made and how do they function — the answers came right off the bat and the teacher had said that questions shouldn’t be answered quickly. So, he decided to find a deeper question. He always wondered how games make his eyes hurt and so he thought it would be a good topic to look at information about effects on the body.
How can video games have great uses?
- may improve hand eye coordination
- problem solving skills
- mind’s ability to process information……..But games can also cause lack of exercise, obesity, problems with performance at school and friendships and can cause violent activity in real life. Games can be addictive.
Caleb shared information learned from a TEDx talk about engagement with games.
Wanting a game + Like the game = engagement
There are all sorts of games available in different places — over 100 people could be buying games every day. Advertisements make us be interested in games and want them – but it doesn’t mean its a good game. Need to want it and like it in order to be engaged.
Neurogenesis: Games can help the brain develop
How DO games affect the eyes? (Caleb)
What should we base our purchases on so that we can avoid being tricked into buying a poor game that was advertised well? (Elise)
How does Neurogensis work?
Why would someone play soccer on a game when they can be outside playing the game for real? (Julia)