Use this post to discuss our material on video games, especially the South Park video "Make Love, Not Warcraft," the selection from Digital Nation on gaming and the articles by Sherry Turkle and Henry Jenkins. Be sure to address the following quotes from Turkle and Jenkins:
Video games are a window ont a new kind of intimacy with machines that is characteristic of the nascent computer culture. The special relationship that players form with video games has elements that are common to interactions with other kinds of computers. The holding power of video games, their almost hypnotic fascination, is computer holding power (Turkle 501)
Games matter because our children no longer have access to real-world play spaces at a time when we've paved over the vacant lots to makes room for more condos and the streets make parents nervous. If children are going to have opportunities for exploratory play, play that encourages cognitive development and fosters problem-solving skills, they will do so in the virtual environments of games (Jenkins 3)
Digital Nation can be viewed online here
"Make Love, Not Warcraft" can be viewed online here.
An article on a video game modeled on the Columbine massacre is here.