Meredith at The Dismal Life; http://the-dismal-life.blogspot.com/2009/02/march-blog-carnival-video-games.html muses about multi-tasking while video gaming and how the brain prefers stimulation even in the peripheral. Also about paper sculptures, Ed, Edd and Eddie, programing software and soft furry animals. It ends with the world being saved.
Wow. That would be so cool.
What I ususally do is come up with some kind of topic (heck, you could ask folks for topic ideas and store a lot of them for future use) and post it as it's own discussion here.
As people send links in, or post them, I store them in my email as a "draft" so I can just keep going back and adding stuff. I go read the individual blogs so I can come up with some kind of synopsis to post with it in the final version.
On the day of posting, I simply cut and paste the entire email with all of the blogposts listed.
There are probably better ways to do it, but that's what worked for me.:) Things are actually calming down a lot for me after the 23rd of this month.
I backed out of a business partnership, so while I still work full time it's not the insanity it was for a while. I would dearly love to hand this off to someone for a while though....thank you!!
There's still plenty of time to get one going for March.
Faith, instead of leaving that as just a post, why don't you go ahead and cut and paste it into the above discussion. You can edit it anytime, since you started it. :)
That way, anyone coming along can just read the topic right at the beginning of the thread.
How are video games a part of you and/or your kids lives? How do you support video gaming in your household? if you haven't always been supportive how did you "get there"? Initially, I would have said that video games were not going to be part of our home and they are not now very much. The kids play with friends who have them or watch others play but have not asked for them in our house. We have small games on an IPOD that they like, but don't play much of. Usually, they will get into a particular game and do it until they get a high score or meet some goal then they don't bother with it much. My daughter likes programs that are not really games, such as the bubble wrap popping screen on the IPOD. It really sounds like the popping of bubble wrap and is about as cool as actually having the bubble wrap! My husband really encouraged me to not say no if the kids want to play them because he felt like they should be something that they can make the choice about doing. This way they know they can at any time and playing them doesn't become an issue because it is controlled. They have a pretty large variety of interests and games on the computer or IPOD represents a pretty small part of their world. I think kids are interested in ideas and real experiences with others. So the games are not going to consume them because they could never substitute for the real life experiences they have with friends, their bikes and the sunshine on their faces, swimming in the lake, grandparents visiting, snuggles on the couch, sledding in the snow, etc....
Do you play video games as a family? no, we play board games, card games, silly games, the games are more something they can do alone, however sometimes we will take turns playing the same game
How do you deal with your mainstream friends ideas about video games? what mainstream friends? the people we hang around are ok with games and are ok if we don't game, it isn't really an issue, I wonder if the kids will get into it more as they get older as a way to connect with friends, I think that would be normal since people like to connect over particular hobbies, interests and such. Mainstreamers I have met seem to like the games, esp. the Wii games since families can do it together.
What do you say to your kids when their friends aren't allowed to play V's because of restriction? hasn't happened
Thoughts on violence and VG, or learning through VGs. Not sure on this, my kids seem to understand the difference between what is part of a game versus how we treat one another. My daughter has learned much through some "learning" type sites that she uses as she chooses to - her letters/sounds/numbers/counting/songs she likes to sing.
How does VG system or console sharing work in your house, how has it evolved?
how much is "too much"? Too much is not something I worry about because they take a break when they need it. I remember how much I enjoy learning something new and give them the space and time to really enjoy it instead of saying "that's enough." It works so far and I trust it will keep on working.
I have not posted in a carnival and thought it was to be done here, opps! I will try to get it into my blog and take it off of here. So, we are really supposed to post our reply to our own blog and then give you a link to the response? - Jess