ARE VIDEO GAMES BETTER THAN LIFE?I chose David Perry’s TED presentation: “Are Video Games Better ThanLife?”The presentation can be found here: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/david_perry_on_videogames.htmlThis presentation is a few years old, but the message still holds to this day.David’s thesis is, now that video games are becoming more realistic andemotional, do some people ﬁnd more experiences and emotional dilemmasin video games than they do in the real world? Are virtual worlds moreengaging and more fun to experience than the real world?
ARE VIDEO GAMES BETTER THAN LIFE?David kept the attention of his audience by using slides with pictures andexamples, as well as making them laugh.He also used a video that a student created about how video games affecthis life.
SO REAL, IT’S UNREAL.Graphical capabilities are so great, and developers have goneto new lengths to make their fictitious game characters sobelievable and relatable, that people believe they’re real.Some say this is harmful, others say there’s nothing wrongwith it. Since they’re created by real people, and based offreal people’s personalities and beliefs, in a sense, thesemanifestations of the mind are as real as keeping a loved onealive in your heart after they pass on. The exist inside yourheart and mind. And with the progress of these games andworlds over only the past 30 years, who knows what thefuture will bring. Maybe a place where you can meet thesefictitious characters, where they can breath, react, interact,and remember you? Maybe some day, technology will trulybring these “people” to life.
Below and in the following slides are photos of a clothing company called Prada whoused characters from Final Fantasy XIII to model and advertise their new clothes.
ARE VIDEO GAMES BETTER THAN LIFE?David follows the third TED commandment best, which is: “Make thecomplex plain.” Meaning, he didn’t try to make himself sound incrediblyintelligent. He used stories and examples with common vocabulary skills.He shared a lot of pictures of past and present video games to convey hismessage.
ARE VIDEO GAMES BETTER THAN LIFE?Although David got his point across, he deserves a 3 at most as far as“dynamism” goes because a lot of his talk was a student’s video.He also read from his slides word for word.
ARE VIDEO GAMES BETTER THAN LIFE?I’ve learned that delivery is key to a great presentation. Without a strongdelivery, your audience can easily lose interest and decide to not payattention to your presentation.
ARE VIDEO GAMES BETTER THAN LIFE?Ken Robinson deﬁnitely has more speaking experience than David Perry.Judging from age and technique, I’d say Ken has done more presentationsthan David.In Ken’s ﬁrst presentation, he doesn’t use any slides at all, and he keeps hisaudience’s attention throughout the entire presentation. I believe this isbecause through his story telling, preparedness, and believe it or not, hisaccent, people were very intrigued with what he had to say. Of course, a lotof what he had to say was very believable.
ARE VIDEO GAMES BETTER THAN LIFE?David’s presentation was captivating, but not as much as Ken’s. David’spresentation had slides for the audience to see, but I feel that David wasn’tas prepared as Ken seemed to be. Unlike Ken, David seemed to readdirectly from the slides, which the TED Commandments speciﬁcally say notto do. That, I feel, is one of the biggest differences between David and Ken’spresentations.
ARE VIDEO GAMES BETTER THAN LIFE?Also, Ken’s thesis may have a larger impact on an audience overall thanDavid’s.Why? Because many people are more prone to believe that education issuesin the real world are much more of a problem than people beingemotionally affected by video games.This can certainly be up for debate. Of course, they both have a huge impacton society today, and both brought valid points to the table. The structuresof education today are certainly outdated if you believe what Ken said, andcertain video games do seem like they could have an impact on the waypeople act in the real world, like David points out. Whether it be crimes, oracts of valor.
ARE VIDEO GAMES BETTER THAN LIFE?Based on my TED talk, I’d like to give some pointers to classmates.Good ways to keep your audience entertained: humor, intimacy, andengaging stories.Eye contact.Visual appeal, like David’s video and pictures, or Ken’s “ChangingEducation Paradigms” RSA Animate video.