Saturday, August 12, 2006

Video Game News, Week of August 7, 2006

The Escapist Issue #57: In Too Deep

Viewpoint: Online Courses as Video Games
By Dr. Rodney P. Riegle, Campus Technology 8/12/06
"The competition for online students is bound to become more and more intense... Courses designed like video games are one way to win this competition by appealing to the target demographic in a way that they embrace."

Educational computer games could soon make a comeback
Developers Must Compete with Snazzy Video Games
AP 8/8/06
"...ambitious new products are in the pipeline, aiming to better reach a highly connected, multitasking, gadget-laden, mobile-oriented, Internet-reliant set of youngsters."

In Defense of Video Games
By Dave Thomas, The Grand Rapids Press 8/7/06
"We might not know what video games are doing to us. But they don't seem to make us violent. Crazy, multitasking, fantasy-addicted, Pavlovian button-mashers, maybe. Just not violent."

Tips on Choosing Video Games for Varied Ages

North American Precis Syndicate, Inc. 8/10/06
"The Entertainment Software Rating Board, which assigns video game content ratings, offers the following tips for parents to help them choose the games they consider appropriate for their families and be prepared for the realities of playing games online."

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