Play the Game: The Parent's Guide to Video Games / Edition 1

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Redefine the way you look at video games and how they relate to you and your children! "Play the Game: The Parents Guide to Video Games" explores how electronic games can be used to strengthen communication between parents and children as well as revolutionize the way we live. Written in an accessible style and language, Play the Game is perfect for any parent, from those who are unfamiliar with video games to those who are active gamers themselves. Through interviews and analysis with experts and families like yours, you'll discover how to use games to enhance parent-child and family relationships, for education, and as a career path. Provides parents with: -A comprehensive guide to the video games currently available on the market including ratings, genre, intended audience, and educational use -Tips, research, and advice from game developers, educators, psychologists, parents, and teens -Information on game development as a career, including examples of higher education programs and how to start building important skill-sets -A listing of useful additional references so that readers can continue to explore the role of video games in today's society Discover new ways to connect with your children through video games with "Play the Game!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598633412
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/10/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Luis Levy was an extremely bright child ¿ but he had trouble with his fine motor skills. His mother, a progressive psychologist, saw playing video games as the perfect remedy. She knew from early studies that games could help him fine-tune his movements in a fun and effective way -- and that's precisely what she did. On Luis¿ ninth birthday, he received a Sega Master System as a gift from his parents. The console's pioneering 3D graphics ¿ with special LCD glasses ¿ took Luis¿ imagination and dexterity to a whole new level. Games like Phantasy Star and Space Harrier also taught him his first words in English. As he grew up, Luis began creating batch programs in DOS for an old PC XT and even played Prince of Persia on the computer's rusty green screen monitor. He also took a major interest in all kinds of films, becoming a film buff and a member of a very exclusive film club at age 16. By that time, he had become the main ¿movie critic¿ for friends and family and also an expert in both hardware and software. Luis wrote intricate short stories and shot award-winning documentaries at Brazil's renowned private film school, FAAP ¿ receiving a B.A. in Film and Television. He also made a daring trip to Brasilia, the country's capital, in a bus filled with homeless children and adults.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Where It All Began Chapter 2 - Games 101 Chapter 3 - You and Your Kids Chapter 4 - The Social Game Chapter 5 - Playing to Learn Chapter 6 - Game Makers Chapter 7 - Work and Play Chapter 8 - Know Your Game

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