Forget Revenge, Video Gamers Get Rich

27 11 2006

UPDATE 12/28/09- and the retired can live to enjoy their riches?

Calling video games “beneficial for the brain,” Karle suggested they could be used to help reduce cognitive decline in the elderly.
“Individuals who play action video games on a regular basis – more then four hours a week -appear to be very good at an astonishing variety of skills,” said Karle.

“Just as an elderly adult may do 15 minutes of weight training to fight osteoporosis,” he said, “so could he or she play video games to keep the mind sharp.”

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How could you NOT blog this? 🙂

Young pro video gamers level up to earn six-figure incomes as the industry becomes `the next big sport.’

The financial rewards of video games are immense. . .

In South Korea, where the industry has boomed for years, the pro video gamers are celebrities mobbed by screaming fans at contests. A similar movement is sweeping the United States, and a handful of emerging pros enjoy rock star treatment, with world tours and six-figure paychecks. . .

Once you get past his typical teen bedroom — with a belly-baring Britney Spears poster and rap music pumping in the background — it’s easy to see he’s serious about his craft. Three flat-screen TVs with Xboxes line the walls. . .
Taylor. . . launched a video game tutoring business last year and counts NBA stars like Richard Jefferson among the clients. He charges $65 an hour.

Like every professional sport, there’s always a prodigy. In video games, it’s a child prodigy, 8-year-old Victor DeLeon III. He doesn’t travel with an entourage and prefers playing with his dwarf hamster, Cortana, and watching Star Wars.

But put him in a Halo 2 tournament, and ”Lil Poison,” as he’s known, is venomous. His father, also named Victor DeLeon, said the gaming whiz has already earned enough money to buy a luxury car and pay for his college tuition.

Throngs of fans surround the young Long Island, N.Y., resident at tournaments. He’s signed a sponsorship with 1UP Network, has a product line coming out in December and a clothing line debuting next year. . .

Pro gamer Bonnie Burton said she plays for the social scene.

”Its not only about competing, it’s also about all the friends you have. Tsquared and I have grown up together through the gaming community,” the 15-year old Burton from Carlisle, Pa., said.

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So much for the socialization argument! And surely this is white collar, intellectual if not artistic, creative work centered on computers, complex logic and sophisticated business operations requiring people skills too–that’s hard to diss by any traditional measures of life success.

Plus, video gaming is far less physically hazardous than any pro sport, not nearly as traditionally tawdry as making a living shooting pool or playing poker, no steroids (or worse) being bought, sold or ingested as part of its pro culture.

So where’s the “beef” for any churlish critics still hankering for something to sink their teeth into? What’s left about video gaming for parents, teachers or the public to hate? Heck, it’s even dermatologist approved, no worries about sun exposure and skin cancer!





Dr. Phil’s Unschool-Friendly Principles

27 11 2006

As a Thinking Parent and education policy professional, it’s obvious to me (whether Dr. Phil himself can see it or not) that his own core parenting principles are very unschool-friendly. These five principles–from a separate part of his website, not from the unschooling show debate–clearly support sovereign parents and family autonomy, intellectual and academic freedom, mindful unschooling, attachment parenting and child-led learning environments, much more so than they would support any form of compulsory schooling, high-stakes standardized testing, public-government funding, public control of private education and family life, or public regulation of anyone’s political ideas, choices, thoughts, beliefs, relationships and personal power of story.

Especially Number Five – which imo ought to make Dr. Phil an outright Enemy of School! 🙂

Five Core Steps to Good Parenting

Wondering if there is anything else you can do? Dr. Phil outlines five steps that can help bring you and your child closer together:

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