Ed Tech Crew 20 - A Gamers Paradise

Podcast number 20 October 9th 2007 [EDTECHCREW020.mp3 Running time: 1 hour 20:35 mins, size: 36.9 MB]


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Game Facts about Australia

(From the industry group, Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia, a survey of 1,606 households and 3,386 individuals.) Some of the key findings:

  • 79% of Australian households have a device for playing computer and video games.
  • The average age of Australian gamers is 28 years.
  • 41% of gamers are female. 8% are seniors.
  • Follow the link above for more ...

Some Game Development tools

  • XNA
  • Blender
  • Mission Maker -
  • Scratch/Microworlds/Logo
  • Kahootz
  • GameMaker
  • Thinking Worlds
  • PowerGame Factory
  • Java
  • Flash
  • Adventure Game Studio
  • Klik and Play
  • PowerPoint

See Tony's full list (with hyperlinks) here: http://www.itmadesimple.com/readarticle.php?article_id=28

Game Questions:
Why use games?
What sort of learning occurs when kids create games?
How do we create games that are not all sizzle and pop - but engage and educate?
Can one survive without the other - can a good game be educational?
How do we get schools and teacher to change direction to enable our students to design games for us?

Games Websites
http://www.socialimpactgames.com - Over 200 Games listed by category.
http://www.seriousgames.org -
http://seriousgames.ning.com - Social networking site for serious gamers
http://www.ieaa.com.au - Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia
http://aie.vic.edu.au - Academy for Interactive Entertainment
http://www.gametrailers.com - Watch game trailers
http://www.supersmartgames.com - Best Educational games?

The Game Re-Mission (Video Game Helps Kids with Cancer)

Games Articles
No Gamer left behind - Video (A backgrounder to games in education)

How to write an Adventure game

How to Write an First Person Shooter

Article on Game Design

Games Vodcast by Gamers for Gamers (worth having a look to see the culture and environment behind games)

Conferences and Expo's
Gamers Expo in Melbourne November 16 to 18

Conference Game Connect 15 to 18th November

Whats New
BBC enters virtual worlds with Games for young children

K12 Online Conference has started. Don't forget to get involved!

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