Job #1: BRAINSTORM
Brainstorm the violent images that are commonly found in video games. Your goal is to have 30 specific actions that you have seen / heard of occurring in video games.
Job #2: SHEET Part 1: BEFORE WE WATCH
What are the PROS (Good things) and CONS (Bad things) about video games? Use the sheet provided to write down 5 points on each side — or as many as you can. For the CON (Negatives) side, think about / look at video games from the point of view of a PARENT, POLITICIAN, CONCERNED CITIZEN.
Job #3: VIDEOS
Take notes on your PROS AND CONS sheet while you watch, please and thank you.
1.Watch: 5 to 10 SPECIFIC ACTS OF VIOLENCE that you see.
2. Watch: 2 ideas from the gaming magazine editor (with the very cool hair) as well as 2 ideas that JACK THOMPSON says.
Please write down
3. Watch: 2 IDEAS that you hear in this video.
Please write down
4. Watch: connect Virginia Tech to the game Counter Strike?
How does JACK THOMPSON
Job #4: GAME CHARACTERS
Brainstorm 30 Game Characters from the beginning of video games. (For example, Pac-Man)
Job #5: MODERN CHARACTERS
Think of games such as GTA, COD, Gears of War. What do these characters look like? What are their physical characteristics?
If you are exploring a video game:
Please explain, briefly, what happens in the game: the characters, the setting, the activities / obstacles that the character / game player has to overcome, the end goal of the game, etc. = the basics of the game. ** Explain it as if you are talking to someone who has NEVER played this game before. PLUS: look for images / actions / scenes that parents groups / government officials might find offensive.
*****You MUST include VERY SPECIFIC EXAMPLES and IMAGES as best you can. A video of GAME PLAY would be an added bonus.
If you are exploring a crime:
Please give us the basics of the crime: where, when, who, what, why, etc.
*****You MUST include VERY SPECIFIC EXAMPLES and IMAGES as best you can. A video of NEWS would be an added bonus.
Please create about 2 to 5 slides about your topic!
Today, we tied up a few loose ends so as to get ourselves ready for our investigation of violent video games:
1. We explored the lure of video games — i.e. what attracts so many people to video games. We discussed this in class and then I showed 4 ideas that are found on this web page, The Lure of Video Games.
2. We finished up the letter and venn diagram activity from the previous Friday. I informed the students that, on the test, there would be a section where we had to choose either the letter or the venn and complete it, but it would have to include ideas about Stimulus Addiction, Lure, and Immersion.
3. We completed one of our lists; this time, students were asked to brainstorm as many video games that parents, parent groups, governments, etc. would consider ‘controversial’. I gave the example of Halo. We shared our ideas on the Smart Board.
4. Our final activity in class was to complete one of our ‘lotteries’ to decide who would investigate which topic regarding violent video games and their connections to crimes and controversy.