Wow … didn’t know they promoted this event on Australian TV. Fun!
So most everyone in the world is playing Halo 3 – including many of the people here in Australia, a few literally rushed out the door to go back to playing the game. While I have a few days before I get my controller in hand and have a go at it (at least someone did let me hold the collector’s edition today) I thought this article from Wired would help you in case you come down with some gamer’s regret. Here’s a clip:
In retrospect, maybe I shouldn’t have looked.
I was 10 days into playing Dungeon Maker: Hunting Ground — a little RPG I reviewed here last month — and I was poking around the “settings” menu. I noticed that it had a “time played” option, which shows you how long you’ve been toiling away at the game. Curious, I clicked it.
Upon which my heart sank into a fathomless pit. Thirty-six hours? How in god’s name had I managed to spend almost four hours a day inside this game? I should point out that this was not the only game I’d been playing during that time. I’d also been hip-deep in BioShock and Space Giraffe, so I’d been planted like a weed in front of my consoles for hours more.
This is a missing-time experience so vast one would normally require a UFO abduction to achieve it.
So the question of the column, and possibly the question of my eternal soul, is: Is this good thing? How much does it change the architecture of your life to spend that much time playing games?
The dirty secret of gamers is that we wrestle with this dilemma all the time. We’re often gripped by what I call “gamer regret” — a sudden, horrifying sense of emptiness when we muse on all the other things we could have done with our game time.
This is an exciting time for Purpose Driven Youth Ministry – we’ve already got dozens of authors over on the new PDYM Community Blog. We’re getting ready for our official launch in October, but there’s already plenty to read. There’s some insightful new posts over there from PDYM state mentors, even including a few posts from Doug Fields. Check it out and bookmark it today!
Got this new book from Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins last week at The Gathering – it comes out in the next week or so to bookstores (Simply Youth Ministry beats everyone’s price for the book at $12.89, from what I can tell). I managed to read it on the airplane and also a bit here in the early mornings of Australia since jet lag has continued to kick my soft American butt.
I’ve really enjoyed this book quite a bit. The first 3rd of the book is quite technical, dealing with the thoughts behind communication and the transactions that take place during communication. It’s pretty fascinating, if sometimes heady. After that, the book takes a turn to the intensely practical, walking you though the S.T.I.C.K. principles:
S.T.I.C.K. in section two is by far my favorite part of the book – though as it heads into the home stretch covering the actual delivery of your talk there’s some great insight on room layout, where bad kids will be in the crowd and how your tone/pitch/non-verbals communicate so loudly.
A great read – feels like if you’re in front of students a bunch this book should really be required reading.
Today I’m teaching an 8-hour class at the National Youth Ministry Convention 07 here in Surf City. The problem is exactly that – it is 8 hours. Now, even though I’ve got quite the American accent for them all to enjoy, that’s only going to last for so long. To divide it up, I’m going to show a couple of videos and play some games, as well as give them some break times. Here’s what I’m thinking:
Spent the better part of today at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo – it’s a great place of fun with tons of local animals from the continent. That’s probably my favorite part of it – almost everything you saw is actually from this place – crocs, snakes, wombats, koala bears, Tasmanian devils, echidnas and dingos.
Got some great stuff to bring home for the kids – the whole day I was thinking about how fun it would be to have them there. Enjoyed the whole place, and as a side note the memory of Steve Irwin was present throughout. The only missing was a duck-billed platypus – and of course the crocodile part of the predators show simply can’t be long enough.
A super fun day off!
Saw this article today in The Gazette today and thought you might enjoy the perspectives on technology, the interwebs and youth ministry. Here’s an excerpt from the beginning:
Nina Cilek considers herself a traditionalist when it comes to communicating with her church youth group, preferring the telephone and post office.
“I know the kids have Facebook and MySpace accounts, but that’s something I personally don’t have,” said Cilek, 26, youth director at First United Methodist Church, 214 E. Jefferson St., in Iowa City.
Even so, Cilek has access to the Internet, and she occasionally uses e-mail to send quick messages to her youths.
In fact, Eastern Iowa youth leaders say keeping the communication lines open using Facebook and other Internet sites has become a common, if not necessary, tool for their ministries. Many have their own Facebook accounts and use them almost daily to keep in touch.
Of the 26.6 million Facebook users, nearly 12 million are between the ages of 12 and 24, according to www.techcrunch.com the same group of people with whom church youth leaders are working.