A Chat About Video Games with ABC Drive

Recently, I was listening to ABC Drive with Rafael Epstein. He had a guest named Dr. Jeff Brand from Bond University on the show and they were discussing statistics around video games in Australia, but what really interested me were the phone calls that were coming in about excessive gaming, and how these people didn’t know what to do about …

The Intelligent Gaming Guide: Part 2

  Intelligent Gaming Part 1 laid the groundwork for why we want to game with purpose and avoid overplaying. Many people don’t understand the effects of overplaying and how it can reduce enjoyment inside and outside of your games, while increasing boredom and frustration. Part 2 is all about how to go about gaming intelligently, and the specific practices that …

The Intelligent Gaming Guide: Part 1

Video games are a powerhouse of entertainment. There are so many genres to suit your preference, and because they have so much to offer us, we tend to be motivated to play them for longer and longer periods of time. Many of us gamers can admit that it’s possible to step over the line and game a little bit too …

Video Games: How Much is Too Much?

It’s got to be one of the most pressing questions a parent could have about gaming aside from whether or not violent gaming makes violent gamers. People generally have an opinion about how much gaming is too much. Unfortunately, that’s I can really give you because the research doesn’t suggest that the time spent gaming is how you determine if a …

Game Cave: A Social Gaming Program

GameAware is proud to announce a collaboration with Highett Neighbourhood Community House to bring you the Game Cave. Social gaming differs from the excessive gaming that we see at home, in that gamers are actually socialising, even if the games are the means to do so. While there’s something to be said about connecting with friends over the internet when …

What is he doing in there?

*Updated Feb 21st 2017* I recently listened to a fantastic podcast that was put together by Michelle Ransom-Hughes, a radio producer at the ABC. Her podcast is called “What’s he doing in there?” and it was done on the ABC show called Earshot. The expressive illustration was done by Sophie Beer. You’ll hear Michelle interviewing her son Marco to discuss his involvement …

Reduce Excessive Gaming At Home

As a teacher, you get a rare look into the lives of teenagers. In the past few years, I’ve noticed the absolutely huge increase in the amount of online gaming among teenage boys, as well as some girls. The average gaming time for a teenage boy is 2 to 2.5 hours per day. Some play much more than that, approaching …

GameAware Holiday Program at Headspace

Mornings will feature educational workshops with engaging discussions and videos. These sessions talk through relatable gaming experiences and the mechanics of addiction from a psychosocial perspective. The workshops aim to give insight into how gaming compulsions come about, and what to do about it. Afternoons feature: These sessions aim to engage students and show them the opportunities that arise with social connection, …

Welcome to GameAware

Video games are awesome but they have a lot to answer for. I think that their problem is that they are engineered to be too awesome… so much so that some people can’t stop themselves from playing them. If you are a family struggling with someone who is spending far too much time gaming, it’s important that you see the big …