capstone blog #7

When I was preparing for the presentation, I was already behind on the work.  Now that I was done with my my presentation, I was behind on the rehearsing.

Just like I did before, I finished rehearsing on the day before the presentation for the parents (the one for the school was a fail). There was still one problem though; would I be able to present in front of a crowd of parents and not freak out? I would get that answer tomorrow.

Before people started to present, I was pretty confident that I would be able to present without making a stupid mistake. When the person before me was presenting, I was definitely worried. There were so many things that could go wrong! I could stumble on my words, I could forget what to say, and much more.

When it was finally my turn to present, I was sweating like crazy. It was like my heart was going to explode! When I introduced myself and stated my topic (vi

deo games), the parents actually laughed. They laughed! That put me at ease a bit. The rest of the presentation went smoothly, me doing the talking and the parents occasionally laughing. When my turn was finally over, I felt like a hundred weights had been removed from my shoulders. I had done it!

After everybody presented, we all filed out of the room and went to do our own things. In my case, it was eating! Since that day was my graduation day, they had bagels, brownies, cupcakes, etc. in the gym. I ate as much as I could fit in my belly!

Overall, I had many failures and challenges along the way but at the end I succeeded. I felt like it was a great project!

By the way, if you want to see my presentation, go to my 6th blog. I hope you enjoy it (if you watch it)!


Capstone blog #6

After I finished my main inquiry question, I had to make a final “product”, which basically means a slide presentation/a green screen. I chose to do an ignite slide presentation (a presentation where a grim reaper changes the slides every 15 seconds)

When you do an ignite, you have to make each slide quick, no more than a few sentences. I sort of used this to my advantage since my topic was about video games. First of all, I decided that I would make a pros/cons slide, Since about every presentation has a pros and cons slide.

While doing this, I realized that this would be a lot harder than it looked.  I still had to make 9 more slides, make a script, rehearse, memorize it, and present in front of a bunch of parents. I hadn’t really thought this through yet.  Continue reading

Capstone blog #5

This is my 5th blog post, only 2 posts to go. Time passes sooooo fast! Soon, we will have our presentation, graduation, and summer camp (yay!). But first, I must finish writing this blog post. 🙁

When I found out I had to write a whole essay on my main inquire question, I was going to faint. I was already left behind on research, and I still had to do a mind-blowing essay???

Another bad thing about my question was that it was hard to get an interview on it. Not many people are experts on the field of video games, and those who were never had the time for a kid interview, so I end up interviewing a shop manager. What a bummer.

Anyway, I have a knack to do last-minute preparations for major projects until like, 11 o’clock at night, so on that day I had to double my capstone work and double my capstone project time. Continue reading

capstone blog #4

If you haven’t read my 3rd blog yet, please do now or else you will be sucked into a confusing vortex of events that don’t make sense, so please do now. (Go here)

After you’ve read my 3rd awesome blog (just saying), I’ll tell you about my cool site visit. Fast forward to the day of my site visit, the same day as my interview (if you haven’t read my interview yet, then you should read it right now).  I’ve decided that my site visit would be at a video game store (I know, right?), so on the day I went to interview Jessica I also did my site visit.

After My interview, I looked around the shop. There where all the kinds of games imaginable (a gamer’s heaven), from Wii to Xbox, from controllers to consoles, from super Mario to Pac-man. There were even demo consoles to advertise games!

Sadly, since it was at a video game shop, there were not that many notes to take, though I can imagine the store going through a few phases. At one point, it would be going on a holiday sale, all prices lowering. At another point, like on a very busy day, the prices would rise to the horizon, above all others. Then there would be the normal day, with normal prices, normal customers, normal decorations, normal music, normal holiday gift ideas-wait, there would be no gift ideas. Pardon me.

I took a look around the store. I really wanted to plop down, take a controller, and start playing, but I was on a site visit. In my previous research I found that violent gaming can make a child violent or so addicted that they would forget to eat, sleep, and drink. Now I know why a person would like to do that. Here’s part of what it looks like,

and if you ever want to visit, here’s where it is:

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In what felt like 3 minutes (it was a lot longer than that), my mom said she needed to go, and I only had a few minutes left. Time passes so fast when you’re having fun! (or going on a site visit) I looked around one last time, imagining that I would come her again, bought a phone stand for a couple of bucks and left.

I hope I can go there again! (and buy some video games)

capstone blog #3

When we started our capstone, I didn’t know who to interview. There were video game scientists, but they usually were busy. There were video game journalists, but they usually were also busy. Then there were the shops. Thousands, maybe millions of GameStop shops were all over the world.

Unfortunately nobody in the family had any job related to video games. My dad worked at a really boring insurance company, while my mom took care of my sister and me. Eventually, after some thought and a talk with my mom (moms rule!), we decided we would go interview a shop on central avenue, Yonkers.

This was my interview sheet before:

  1. How do video games affect the brain?
2.  Does playing video games for a long period of time affect a person’s sight? If so, how?
3. How does using the controller affect your hands/arms? 4. Do video games have more of an affect on an older person than a younger person? If so, how?
5. How can video games affect a child’s development? 6. Who is the biggest consumer of video games, children or adults?
7. Which games are more popular, Violent or non-violent games? 8. How long does the average child play video games in a week?
9.How does playing video games affect a person’s health?

I made one mistake, though. And that was a very bad mistake.

A day before my interview I told Ms. Edwards who I was interviewing. I was in for a surprise. It ends up that all the questions that I was making was not meant for a storekeeper. I reviewed my questions, and found out she was right. What in the world was I thinking??? Ms. Gleaves and I immediately started making new questions. Thankfully, by the end of the day we were prepared and ready to go.

This is my interview sheet after:

  1. Who are your biggest consumers? (children, adults, seniors, etc.)
2. Which products are sold in the store?
3. What product is the most popular with kids? 4. What product is the most popular with adults?
5. What do you think can be improved with the games you’re selling? 6. Are there any games in the store that serve other purpose than entertainment?
7. Which genre is more popular with kids; violent or non-violent games? 8. Which genre is more popular with adults; violent or non-violent games?
9. How are the prices for the games and consoles established? 10. What is your selling rate on an average day? What is your selling rate on a busy day and during the holidays?
11. What is your opinion on the amount of time people spend on playing video games? Do you think people should spend more or less time on games? 12. Do you play video games? Which one is your favorite (console and game), and why?

The next day was the day of my interview. I was so nervous! What if I did something stupid? What if we showed up late? What if we went to the wrong place? All of these questions filled my head as I got ready to go.

Then something happened. That same morning we had went to a barbecue and my parents were tired, so tired, in fact, that they refused to send me there, never will send me there, and told me to make them dinner! Just kidding. My parent wouldn’t ever do something like that(unless I find out they have a serious alcohol addiction, of course). Not Exaggerating!

Anyway, My mom told me to reschedule the interview with Jessica to tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. When I called, my stomach began filling up with butterflies again. I don’t know why, but it just does. We talked for a bit, then she told me it could be the day after tomorrow. I hung up, and all of the butterflies disappeared.

The next day was the real day of my interview (hopefully we won’t get in a car crash and have to revise again), and the butterflies returned.

When we got there, I saw that we went to the right place (Phew!). When I entered the store, I saw that we got there at the right time (Phew again!). The clerk at the front desk told us to go into the back storage room, where Jessica was waiting. I was about to introduce myself when she said, “hi Max!”. So much for my introduction.

We immediately jumped into the interview, me asking the questions while she telling me the answers. At the last question, I got so nervous I almost jumped out of my seat and shouted: “hooray!” when she answered. Our interview had gone successful (phew 3 times!)! I can’t wait till we do my presentation!

(P.S. For my site visit go here)