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)
http://www.hopelab.org/

Games Articles
No Gamer left behind - Video (A backgrounder to games in education)
http://www.edutopia.org/no-gamer-left-behind

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)
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/goodgame/

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

Conference Game Connect 15 to 18th November
http://www.gameconnectap.com/program.html

Whats New
BBC enters virtual worlds with Games for young children
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/adventurerock/

Footnote:
K12 Online Conference has started. Don't forget to get involved!
http://www.k12onlineconference.org



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