108: Video games and Boys (with special guest Greg Wondra)



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Why do boys spend so many hours playing videogames?  And how worried should we be about the hours they spend gaming?

To get some answers, we turned to a true expert: Greg Wondra, a former boy & current parent who also happens to be video game designer who worked on the MLB 2K series, Wizard 101, Lost Planet 3, and Monkeyquest,

Greg Wondra, video game designer & dad

In this episode, Jen, Janet & Greg discuss:

  • Why boys are so attracted to video games
  • How to help boys balance video games and other activities
  • Red flags that might signal a problem with gaming
  • What you need to know about social games and online gaming (such as Fortnite)
  • How video games help boys develop 21st century job skills
  • How games are designed to “suck you in” — & how you can counter their call
Links we mentioned (and more!) in Episode 108:

How the War on Video Games is Hurting Your Son, by Jennifer L.W. Fink

Are Video Games Bad for Boys? (YouTube video featuring Greg Wondra)

Gamasutra.com — gaming industry website

What’s your experience with boys & video games?  Share in the comments below…


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