New Contributor: Author of The Gamer Generation

I am excited to join the GameSkinny community as a contributor. I am a blogger and author and write often about video games. Although I had never been a gamer, I wound up with two sons who are heavily into video games. So I figured if you can't beat them, join them. 

That is actually my philosophy of staying close to my sons,  and what inspired me to write my blog, Connect with your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology. My goal is to help other parents keep up-to-date with teens' interests so that they can stay relevant and better bond with their kids. In addition to video games I write about movies, TV, books, music, education, gadgets, social media and the Internet.

Last year I published, The Gamer Generation: Reaping the Benefits of Video Games. The book is a compilation of all the research available on the various benefits of gaming. The types of benefits covered are social, physical and health, cognitive, educational, business and family plus chapters on serious games and rebuttals to the video games cause violence arguments.

I am looking forward to reading the working of the other contributors on GameSkinny and hopefully getting to know both the contributors and readers of this wonderful gaming site. You should begin seeing my articles soon.

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Published Mar. 13th 2013
  • Deadpool2099ad
    Featured Contributor
    Jennifer,
    I posted an article i did for my college course, it is titled "To Guild or not to Guild" it is under tips, it shares the arguments of both sides of players why or why not to join a guild. I think it covers some good points that no one has really written about directly. I figured it would be both good for my guild and for gamers that are undecided but I think it can also give you some points to look at for adding into your materials about the benefits of guilds because they do add to the social, physical, and educational aspects of life.
    Take a look at it if you can find it and see what you think.
  • Deadpool2099ad
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    HorseJacker,
    You have the right idea. When you have children bringing them up in what you think is right can be very difficult because the way society has advertised that life should be a certain way and that we should look a certain way. As I tell new parents, children don't come with a TM or technical manual. You just take your values and what you learned from your parents or someone you looked up to and go from there. It is an awesome learning experience and you will never stop learning till the day you die. Do your best in what you think is right and help them understand the difference between right and wrong as early in their lives as possible. Gamer with your child will be an experience that will never be matched from the day the can understand how to operate the controls to the day they get into more advance and more mature games. Some people will tell you to make sure they dont play certain games but I feel that will just make them want to play the games more so what you do is play the game yourself and learn how you can use the filters and time restraints that are built into most games now. Any ways when the time comes, good luck and have fun.
  • RAVaught
    Featured Contributor
    Welcome! I like to see parents playing games with their kids and writing about it. Games are meant for people to have fun together. I think that is the one thing Nintendo always got right.
  • HorseJacker_
    Featured Contributor
    Though I don't have any children yet, I often wonder what games and technology will be like when my wife and I do.

    As a lifetime gamer (most of my generation seems to be) its important for me to be paying attention to people like Jennifer NOW so I can hopefully lead them in the right direction.

    Welcome!
  • Jennifer Comet Wagner
    Contributor
    That's great. My older son, the bigger gamer of the two, wound up majoring in computer science in college and now designs video games, one of the few jobs today where there are more openings than there are people that can fill them. So we have definitely seen major benefits from gaming.
  • Deadpool2099ad
    Featured Contributor
    I think that is great. I like to be involved with my children. They also have their own characters on SWTRO. I monitor their play time and everything that could be negative to them. My 4yr old started playing when she was three and now can read fairly well. The game cant be played without some lvl of reading. I have 5 children that actually play and are in my guild on the game. The oldest is 9yrs old so the game does have some lvl of educational benefit and it also helps them be creative. I know its not all good and they understand the difference between game and movie violence and real life.

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