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Sustainable Perspectives on Video Games: Andy Robertson at TEDxExeter

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Published on Apr 30, 2012

Andy Robertson presents his call for a new "Priesthood of Player-Critics" who nurture fresh perspectives on videogames that enable more people to benefit from their emergent ways of telling stories about being human.

Andy Robertson is a videogame expert who specialises in family gaming. He edits the GeekDad blog for Wired.co.uk, has written for The Telegraph and BBC as well as contributing regularly to Radio 4's You and Yours programme.

He produces alternative responses to videogames on his http://www.gamepeople.co.uk/ website. These take the form of songs, plays, comedies and art that offer a playful and creative way to engage with videogames. The work has appeared nationally in both newspapers and television.

Along similar lines, his http://www.youtube.com/familygamertv show offers parents a space to learn and engage with videogames without hype or jargon. By featuring real families it uncovers videogames successes and failures as a way to engage parents and children with these experiences.

Andy broadens this theme, of finding meaning in videogames, in his Greenbelt talk about the intersection between theology and games. He has also experimented with this intersection in an Exeter Cathedral service integrating videogames and worship.

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