Somewhere in Tokyo: 3DS

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Nintendo launched the 3DS in Japan on Saturday, with predictable media and otaku hysteria.

It plays 3D games without requiring users to wear 3D glasses, which is cool, but this comic is about the inexorable decline of a once-great power, and the role of apathetic Japanese youth in accelerating that decline.


Doug Nelson said...

Timely, touching comic.

And as a game designer (for good) and a fan of the medium in general, I'm compelled to contribute a couple of resources to the discussion, perhaps in the kids' defense. They may not become game designers, but even as engineers, doctors. lawyers, subway conductors, and analysts, they'll find that (some of) their game time paid off. See:

James Paul Gee, for the respected academic approach: "What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy"

David Williamson Shaffer (another academic): "How Computer Games Help Children Learn"

Marc Prensky (not an academic, but long-time practitioner) "Digital Game-Based Learning" and "Don't Bother Me Mom, I'm Learning"

Good reads which can help parents not despair about *all* the time their kids spend in front of screens. Note: time outside in the park with real people is still important :-)

Roberto said...

Thanks, Doug!

Best headline: "Don't Bother Me Mom, I'm Learning"

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