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 can …

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 …

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 …