Game Cave Tournament Series

Teens aged 11 to 18 have been coming to Game Cave on Friday afternoons for its social gaming experiences with a variety of games. The Game Cave Tournament Series will hold 8 FREE special events over the next 12 months, using Game Cave’s 12 brand new PC’s that are running GTX 1050ti’s for a smooth gaming experience whether the games …

Parenting Young Gamers – Pilot Program

GameAware presents a new program just for parents of 6-11 year olds. This program focuses on both the prevention and management side of problematic gaming. Primary aged children who play games and use devices need their parents to be the leader on this topic. The trouble is that I see a lot of children come through to secondary school without …

The Gaming Quiz – Is it healthy or obsessive gaming in your home?

In Australia, 98% of homes that have children living in them also have video games. We know that games are fun, but if it becomes the primary activity our children do in their free time, we can see the games start to displace other important things and that causes all sorts of stress. That being said it’s important to know …

GameAware Holiday Program at HNCH

This program is FREE, thanks to funding though the Highett Neighbourhood Community House and Bayside Council. The GameAware Holiday Program is designed to encourage responsible gaming through self-regulation. Increasing social connectedness with other hobbies and self-awareness are some of the ways the program aims to promote intelligent gaming habits. Mornings feature: Educational workshops with engaging discussions and videos. These sessions talk …

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 …