- Name some video games that you think are educational or "good for you." What characteristics do they have that put them in this category?
- Because people as old as your parents probably didn't grow up playing video games, how do you think that affects the way they look at video games now?
- What was the first video game you ever played? What did you learn from it?
- Who is James Gee? What makes him an expert on video games?
- Why is it important that video games be interactive?
- Gee says that "kids today are natives in a culture in which their parents are immigrants." What does he mean?
- According to the article, what are three ways in which playing video games provides benefits?
- Explain in your own words the experiment at the University of Rochester.
- Of the video and computer games mentioned in this article, which one do you think might help you improve in some skill? Why?
- Gee asks, "How compelling would a game be if you only had good choices?" For a game to be fun, is it important for a player to be able to make both good and bad choices? Why?
- Name a video or computer game now available that might be helpful for a school lesson in a subject that you are studying. Explain why your teacher should incorporate this game into the lesson.
- Think of a video or computer game not mentioned in the article and describe how it might provide some sort of benefit.
- In which professions would it be an advantage or desirable to have lots of experience playing video games?
- Invent a video game that would help teach you about what you are presently studying in science class. Describe how the game would work and what its goals would be.
- Pick a video or computer game that has a historical theme. Go to the library to research the subject of the game. Make a list of books that would help you understand the history behind the game better or make the game more enjoyable.
It takes you 50 hours to complete a typical video game. On most days, you play video games for an hour and a half. For 18 days of the year, you play 5 hours each day. How many video games can you complete in 1 year?