Good battery charge this time but I can't the photos from my cell phone into my Google mail, hmmm. Anyway, I'm sitting here in our afternoon general session. Cool that the "learning2005" tag is starting to get some traction on Technorati.
Steve Johnson is about to go up on stage but first Elliott is doing some interesting polls for stage-setting. First result - the audience ranks 47% of themselves as LOW on gaming, next ranks gaming for learning potential as 37% high and 36% medium. Last poll asks "worried about video games" - survey says.....22% as high and 28% as medium, 32% as low. Hmmm. Not a lot of experience with them but people think there is potential even though some are scared if their kids play games.
Steve starts by reminding us that the book is not just about games but kind of started as a generational defense- thought that games were being unfairly trashed. Tells kind of the genesis story for "Everything Bad Is Good For you" - says he was playing Sim City and how you're never quiet in complete control of the game, the art of the game is figuring out the logic of the system. Shows the game to his 7 year old nephew, gave a condescending tour of the graphics of the game, after about 20 minutes he mentions problem with the factories in one area of the game - kid responds with "I think you may need to lower your industrial tax rates." The question is what is going on there.