Posts Tagged‘gaming’

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 – Grade Breakdown

Zelda- breath of the wild, grade breakdown

Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Grade Breakdown This portion of the game review explains how Zelda: Breath of the Wild got the score it did. Go here to see the full Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game Review. You can also look over the details of the Video Game Scoring Guide. 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, and protect those who can’t protect themselves. You can problem-solve and very few fights are actually required. You can’t make peace,…

Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Game Review

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game Review

Zelda: An Epic Adventure Zelda: Breath of the Wild 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 is one of the oldest and most successful games series ever. Over 86 million copies of Zelda games have been sold since 1986. Zelda games define what an action-adventure game could be, specifically: Epic adventures Creatively challenging Engage their audience: You feel like you are part of the story The Adventure Begins Every game starts roughly the same: Link, the main hero,…

Nintendo Switch: The Best and Worst of Gaming (Part 2)

It’s easy to say that the Nintendo Switch represents the best of gaming.  It’s portable, there are great games, it has engaging graphics, you don’t have to quit just because you’re moving locations. Yet not all of these points are good. Nintendo Switch: The Worst of gaming. Go back to the launch trailer and watch from :30 – :45 again. I’ve quick-linked it here so it will start at 30 seconds. Notice anything? Let’s take a moment to reflect: Dog walks up to owner asking for attention. Guy dutifully stands, pulls his gaming device from it’s holder, and saunters out into…

Crash Course: First Person Shooters

An Itchy Trigger Finger There are plenty of reasons to have concern regarding First Person Shooters (FPS). As I wrote in Parents fear First Person Shooters, these games often have fast-paced, immersive violence with plenty of content that should be concerning to an engaged parent. Yet is it fair to just write them off completely? Is there any redeeming value in this genre? First Person Shooters as Action Movies FPS are one of the most-played game genres because of their ability to draw a wide audience. If we were to compare video games to movies, great FPS games would be like…