Posted at 5:48 PM on May 11, 2007
by Jeff Horwich
For the latest LoopCast, we resurrect a fun segment from a couple years ago when our improv friends Ferrari McSpeedy dropped by to riff on bumper stickers. (The logic behind this mysterious podcast choice: Our next show => "education" => flashcards => "bumper sticker flashcards" segment from 2005. Get it?)
We also give you a dose of Sanden's latest adventures.
It's been too long since we had Ferrari McSpeedy on the show. Don't worry guys, hope we'll do it again soon. At the moment, you can catch Joe and Mike in the latest Brave New Workshop show in Minneapolis, "Rise of the Celebretards: A-crotch-alypse Now." (Did not know this when we made the podcast, but it looks like it opens this weekend.)
Just wanted to comment on Sanden's comment about his visit to see the family up north. :)
He mentioned that my son (yes, I'm the mom in the interview) will play 20 hours of video games in 1 day. Well, that's not true. Maybe Sanden got it a bit mixed up in that there are games that have 20 hours of game play in them but usually the game play would be stretched out over several days.
Alec has maybe played 8-10 hours on a few games, when they're amazing, terrific games. But even then he's always taking some breaks for food, talks with us, and usually even walking the dog.
So not sure where Sanden got the 20 hours. There are certain games that might have even 200 hours of game play on them, but that would be from years of game play. That would be any time you turned on the game, even showing others what the game looks like, stuff like that too.
I felt I needed to point this out because some people worry that their kids will only play video games and nothing else if they allow it and that's a fallacy. They may play lots of video games, or not, but even if they do there's so much more going into the play too. Its very complex.
This is getting long but I want to direct anyone who is interested, to a website that I just recently found, after Sanden was at our house. Its Marc Prensky's and he has a ton of info about video game playing. The benefits that video game playing can bring to people. Very interesting stuff. http://www.marcprensky.com/
Thanks for clearing that up Kelli. And thanks for the link! As someone who almost did his college thesis on Laura Croft Tomb Raider, I am certainly not against video games as an educational tool. There's a lot in them to be examined.