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The Affective Affordances of Video Games in EFL (Tom Gorham)

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Hi everybody!

My pecha kucha will be about video games, but I'll take a slightly different approach than Jeff's presentation. I won't be talking about prediction error & dopamine; instead, I'll be looking at Maxim #1 (emotion drives learning). 

Specifically, I will share the results of a focus group study conducted with adult, lifelong learners who originally had very little interest in video games, and their experience playing some award-winning (if somewhat edgy) games.

I won't get into the practical, pedagogical side of gaming in language learning in this talk, I'll focus more on the potential of the affective affordances of video games. 

If you're not familiar with video games, here are some video introductions of some of the games we used in the study. Warning: if you are sensitive to bad language or violence, you may want to refrain from watching them.

An introduction to "Grand Theft Auto 5" 
http://www.rockstargames.com/videos/video/10851

A look at the music for "The Last of Us" from two-time Academy Award winning composer, Gustavo Santaolalla. (Public radio segment at the top & video at the bottom of the page)
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/03/gustavo-santaolalla-the-last-of-us-on-top-score

The Smithsonian American Art Museum added "Flower" to it's permanent collection. Here is their explanation why:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRrC5E4uOe4

The video game adaptation of "The Walking Dead" by TellTale Games features a deeply engaging story that features a branching narrative based on player choices:
http://www.ign.com/videos/2012/04/26/the-walking-dead-the-game-choice-matters-trailer

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