3 Words for Overwatch: Big, Bright, and Bullies

overwatch: Big, Bright, Bullies

3 Words: Big, Bright, and Bullies Overwatch has set the standard as an engaging fps for players of all ability levels. Yet Overwatch struggles to maintain balance between its ambitions of being a trend-setting fps and being an engaging and welcoming gaming community. Basically, Overwatch can be summed up with three words: Big, Bright, and Bullies. Big – Overwatch League: The Goal of Global Domination Overwatch doesn’t want to be just another shooter. Blizzard has set its sites on creating America’s first premiere first person shooter (fps) gaming league. Overwatch League is an official professional gaming league specifically for Overwatch. This isn’t just for…

Overwatch: Game Review

Game Review: Overwatch

Overwatch: Accessible FPS Overwatch is a fast-paced fantasy first-person shooter (fps) created by Blizzard Entertainment. Players choose heroes who are part of an international task force to bring peace and order to the world. The tagline for this game is: “The World Needs Heroes.” The gameplay and combat are highly engaging and mostly safe for young gamers. However, the pace of the game is highly-stimulating. Additionally, the game can only be played online and the competitors have been growing steadily less friendly. This game is one to watch for attitude and behavior changes in your gamer. Overwatch is Not For Everyone…

Prey (2017): Game Review

Prey (2017)

Prey Earns its Mature Rating: Prey is a first person shooter with elements of horror that takes place on a space station infested by aliens. The main character, Morgan Yu, must use a plethora of weapons (GLOO gun, shotgun, Q-Beam) and special abilities (super thermal, lift field, kinetic blast) to overcome the monster invasion and escape. This game was originally released in 2006, but never released the promised sequel. This new game is a re-vamping of the series. The newest version has less swearing and sexuality than the original. It still earns the mature rating due to intense violence, use…

3 Ways to Battle the Tech Tap-Tap

The Tech Tap-Tap

The Tech Tap-Tap I am at the local YMCA waiting to pick my boys up from childcare. I’m several people back in line. As I assess the situation the first thought through my mind is: “This is going to be a couple minutes” The next thought through my mind is: “I wonder if anyone has messaged me today.” My family calls this the smart phone “tap tap”. It’s like your phone just sits on your shoulder and occasionally taps you in the brain as a reminder to come back. It’s easy to use tech as an escape from boredom. It…

4 Resources for Balanced Tech

4 Great Resources for Balanced Technology

Balanced Technology My school does student-led conferences. People-watching at parent conferences is one of my favorite life activities. Of course no one wants that crazy teacher who just stares at you from across the room, so I’ve got to be clever about it. What I’m listening for is how the student communicates, and how the parents react. There are few things better than listening to a student and parent have honest conversations about stuff that matters: Friends, learning, struggles and options for success. At some point in the evening conversations inevitably turn to technology. The usual setup for this conversation…

Zelda Breath of the Wild: Game Review

Zelda- breath of the wild, grade breakdown

Zelda: An Adventure Worth Taking Zelda Breath of the Wild (BotW) puts you into the wild world of Hyrule as Link: An intrepid adventurer called upon to defeat the evil forces of Ganon. With the help of mythical creatures, special powers, and amazing weaponry (master sword and glider included), Link must solve puzzles and overcome obstacles to save the day. Parent Approved Hero: 9/10 The protagonist (Link) is a famous hero who has historically fought against evil. Link’s motivation is solid: Save the planet from unmitigated evil. Protect those who can’t protect themselves. Problem solving is key. Very few fights…

Zelda: An Epic Adventure

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game Review

Zelda: An Epic Adventure Zelda: Breath of the Wild (BotW) is a massive open-world action-adventure game that puts you in control of a daring hero (Link) who sets out to save the world from certain destruction. The Zelda franchise has been active since 1986 and is known for: Epic adventures: Free roaming fun Creative challenges: Lots of puzzles, use of tools and problem solving Engaging their audience: You feel like you are part of the story It’s not every day you sell 86 million of your game. A Classic Adventure Zelda BoTW starts much like it’s predecessor 30 years ago: Link is…

3 Truths about Technology Addiction

truth about technology addiction

Technology Addiction is Real In one of the most advanced, free, wealthy and educated nations on the planet we are actively creating new ways to become addicted. Technology addiction is most often associated with social media, video games, and personal electronics. It does include television, although this is more and more through phones and other devices, so the t.v. centric conversation is dwindling. 3 truths to know about technology addiction 1. Choices are the problem There is a growing body of research showing us that technology is not the problem. We are actively training our brains to need video games…

5 Keys to Choosing Great Board Games

How to choose a great board game

What Makes a Great Board Game? The most important part of selecting a good board game: Know your audience. When choosing a game you need to know who will be playing. A great game or six year olds may be incredibly boring for a group of junior higher. Also, simply being someone’s “favorite game ever” isn’t enough. Brain Food Think of great board games like food for your brain: When choosing real food, there is no single dish that everyone will like. Tastes differ even among the most experienced eaters. Same with games. Two veteran board gamers may like completely…

4 Steps for Choosing a Great Book

How to pick a great teen book

Finding a Great Book It can be tough to choose a great book. Do we look at the cover? Go off what our friends like? What if we simply hate reading? Learning how to choose books that engage us and challenge is us more than just what we do with our free time. It’s part of growing up and learning who we are. “But I Hate Reading” As a junior high English teacher I run into this all the time: I walk into the library with my class, introduce a genre and set the students loose to find something great.…