Videogame School Teaches Parents the Positives of Playing

July 15, 2010 -

A rather advanced (and enlightened) “school” in Germany exists solely to teach adults about the benefits of playing videogames and how to leverage games as a way to improve relationships and grow closer with their offspring.

Almost two-years old, the Leipzig Video Game School is targeted at parents and grandparents, reports DW-World.de. University of Leipzig instructor Claudia Philipp, who heads up the Video Game School, told the publication that her mission is “to broaden media literacy and allowing people to get acquainted with what kind of games there are, what types of genres there are.”

A sampling of who attends:

Gabriele Heidecker, 52, sits with her two grandchildren Jonas and Melika just a couple of machines down. This is the tenth time here for these three, who've been coming twice a week. Eight-year-old Melika is excited to have a video game-playing grandma.

The school is free to visit for the first two hours of play, then charges one Euro per hour per person.


Comments

Re: Videogame School Teaches Parents the Positives of ...

Cool effort. I hope the idea expands and crosses into other countries as well.

Do they just inform and educate about games or do they actually teach gaming skills to non-gaming adults? It would be awesome to see a trash talking, frag master granma someday.

Re: Videogame School Teaches Parents the Positives of ...

I've heard stories of a friend's grandma who was just that. She loved Zelda: A Link to the Past, and cussed up a storm when she died. XD

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