LW4K Game Spotlight: Dreams

This is the next video in a new Learningworks for Kids series, Game Spotlight! In each video, we are highlighting some great games both old and new and defining the key executive functions that can be strengthened through play. This video will focus on Dreams. Click here to watch the video and learn more. The transcript is also provided below for your convenience. A special thanks to our videographer J.R. for his work on this awesome video!

 

Hey everyone, welcome to Learningworks for Kids Game Spotlights! This is a new series where we will be walking through some of your favorite games and talking about how playing them can help you get better at real-world skills! If you want to know more about how to take your gameplay to the next level, visit learningworksforkids.com and explore our course listings. 

Today we are going to talk about the Playstation game Dreams. This is the latest release from Media Molecule, the group responsible for Little Big Planet and Tearaway. Dreams allows you to play games created by other people or bring out your inner developer and make something unique and all your own. 

You can start by playing the game Media Molecule designed using the tools in Dreams. It’s called Art’s Dream and it is a great introduction to what is possible to create within this game. 

If you just want to see what others have created, Dreams has curated lists of games for you to try or you can search by keywords. We tried a brightly neon colored racer called Octane and spent time navigating a course that would have felt at home in Mario Kart. We also found a game created by a fan of the animated series Avatar. The type of games that were made in Dreams is truly staggering and well worth exploring. Use your flexibility and spend some time trying out a bunch of games, maybe even something in which you normally wouldn’t be interested. You might just be surprised at what captures your imagination. 

But what if you want to make something all your own? Navigate to the “Dream Shaping” menu and you will be guided through a tutorial that shows you the basic steps for creating something within Dreams. Here you can make a game, music, artwork, or videos. Self Awareness and Self Control will be required here because your first attempt might not look as polished as some of the games you saw available. Persistence and patience will go a long way when you are learning to create something as complicated as a video game. 

What games have you enjoyed playing within Dreams? What types of games would you like to create?  Let us know in the comments below! And if you enjoyed this video, be sure to hit that Subscribe button to see new reviews and playthroughs every week. Well, that’s all the time we have for today but be sure to join us for the next Game Spotlight at learningworksforkids.com! 

 

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