N2 Youth Esports First Meet

We held our first N2 Esports meet, and the overwhelmingly positive reaction of both players and parents proved especially gratifying.

We expected the kids to enjoy it, because they were playing games, learning new skills and making friends. We did not expect the majority of the parents to stay the entire two hours, engrossed in what their children were doing and in conversation with one another – mainly about games and technology 🙂

We had limited the first meet to 10 children, between the ages of 10 and 16, and they proved more receptive to the coaching than we had anticipated. Warnings that kids today will not listen or have no attention span proved unfounded. They sat through 30 minutes of discussions on league policies, scheduling, health and fitness (interspersed with some stretches) before finally being allowed on the Xboxes.

We partnered them up so they could analyze each other’s gameplay (and get to know one another). That worked well, and they proved quite capable of moderating between each other how much time they should get. They also started teaching each other tips and tricks (like adjusting controller sensitivity).

At the end of two hours, the children (and their parents) were enthused about returning next Saturday. We are opening slots for more Fortnite players, so if you know anyone with kids between 10 and 16 (inclusive), please direct them to www.N2esports.com

Dragoncon 2019 Schedule

It has been a busy year since I last posted. I do not speak on the video games track at Dragoncon, but do speak and moderate on the EFF track. Come join me at the Hilton Aug. 31 – Sept. 1 for:

Title: So You Want to Work in Public Policy…
Description: People don’t go into public policy because they want to be billionaires; they go into public policy because they care and want to make a difference. How does one get started making contributions in this area, and can it really be turned into a financially sustaining career path?
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: 208-209 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: Erica Portnoy, Meredith Rose, Amie Stepanovich, Andrew Greenberg)

Title: Techlash: Anti-Technology Backlash
Description: As we focus more on the harms of pervasive technology in society, a lot of attention and blame has been placed worldwide on the largest tech companies in the U.S.A. Do these companies deserve the rap they are getting, and will breaking them up into smaller companies do anything to help?
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: 208-209 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Meredith Rose, Amie Stepanovich, Jairus Khan, Andrew Greenberg)

Title: Double Feature: Dinkheller & 10 Rules for Dealing with Police Encounters
Description: We will look at police encounters from two different points of view, from that of the officer (Dinkheller), and from that of the person being stopped (10 Rules). A 360-degree view provides the best perspective for surviving a police encounter in today’s America. Panel discussion will follow.
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: 208-209 – Hilton (Length: 2.5 Hours)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: Andrew Greenberg, Kara J Chappell, Jonathan B McFarland)

Role Models

RPGChild’s has never wanted to be an animated character before, but now she has taken to calling herself Dashi, from “Octonauts.” I am inordinately proud that her role model is an IT engineer …

Imaginary Friends and Perfect Spelling

RPGToddler recently turned three. She has been coming up with great names for her imaginary friends (they are “Made of pretend”) for well over a year.

Yesterday she told me, “Daddy, this is Sassy.” “Sassy?” I asked.

“No, Sanse.” And then she spelled it for me “S A N S E” I have no idea how she figured out the spelling on her own, but do not be surprised when Sanse ends up Dean of the Pedagogues guild.