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.

Somehow I finished up my sub questions and my main inquire answer in one night, which left me to get up woozily the next day. I was proud of myself for completing SO much in one night, but my mom nor my grandparents weren’t happy at all. I did all this work and I get scolded? Wow.

For my sub-q answers I sometimes put a lot of detail into an answer and sometimes I didn’t. Fortunately ended up with a sufficient amount of information for my main inquire question, which I felt was a big success.

Here are my sub question answers:

Sub Q: How much time does an average american child play?

A: According to my recourses, an average american child plays 9 ⅔ hrs a week.

Sub Q: How does the playing of video games affect a child physically?

A: In one study, video games causes permanent eye damage, and shoulder and back pain. In another study though, it said that action gamers get improved eyesight with no mention of back/shoulder pain. (yeah, right)

Sub Q: How do video games affect a person’s hand-eye coordination? Does a person’s age affect these benefits?

A:Video games do help a person’s hand-eye coordination, and yes, according to my research younger people improve hand-eye coordination in video games better than older people. This is also in my opinion one of the only good things about video games.

Sub Q: How do video games affect a person’s learning? Does a person’s age affect if/how learning occurs?

A: For children, most sites say that videogames cause distraction and daydreaming for younger students. For adults though, some say yes and some say no.

Sub Q: How has wii and virtual reality affected how people interact with video games?

A: thanks to virtual reality, now more people don’t just look at video games as entertainment; they also think of it as training and learning. For example, the military has developed a virtual game to train soldiers. Another example is that now the department of motor vehicles (DMV) are now using a virtual reality game to train drivers.

Sub Q: How are video games used for reasons other than entertainment (E.G. War maneuvers? Physical therapy? )

A: Like I said before, Video games are now used for more than one reason. Military soldier training, surgeon training, driver’s licence training, science experiments that are too dangerous, engineering, marine training, pilot training, and much more.


I can’t wait until the capstone presentation! (and summer camp)

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