Who knew? Turns out today is “Video Games Day” (not to be confused with “National Video Games Day,” celebrated on 12 September)! That’s right—there are two holidays dedicated to doing nothing but sitting around and playing video games all. day. long!
To celebrate, I guess I’ll officially “launch” this blog by adding some content. Woot! To start, here are two TED Talks from today’s “9 great talks to watch for Video Games Day” post on the TED Blog.
And now, to really celebrate, it’s time to fire up Wing Commander II and play the entire game from start to finish!
Gabe Zichermann: How games make kids smarter
Filmed June 2011. Posted November 2011.
Can playing video games make you more productive? Gabe Zichermann shows how games are making kids better problem-solvers, and will make us better at everything from driving to multi-tasking.
Mitch Resnick: Let’s teach kids to code
Filmed November 2012. Posted January 2013.
Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab—it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies—but also create them.