Dreams is a game for the Playstation 4 that allows the player to explore a vast library of media or create their own using in-game tools. When signing onto the game, players can choose to either go “Dream Surfing” or “Dream Shaping.” Dream Surfing allows players to look at curated lists of games or to search using their own criteria. Games can vary from racing simulators to platformers to point and click adventures. The user can also play through “Art’s Dream” which is a game inside the game created by the developers themselves using Dream’s in-game tools.
If the user would like to create something of their own, they choose “Dream Shaping.” After going through a tutorial, they can then create their own art, music, videos, or video games. These can then be shared with the rest of the Dreams community and used by others in their own creations.
Dreams is rated T for Teen because of player interaction and the potential for fantasy violence and content that may not be appropriate for younger users. It is available on the Playstation 4.
Flexibility: Trying something new.
If the player struggles with flexibility, Dreams is a perfect way to practice strengthening this skill. Because there is so much content created by other people accessible within the game, players can try a variety of different games that they may normally not have thought to try previously. For example, if the player is used to only playing RPG’s, trying a racing game may be a good way to step outside of their comfort zone and potentially find something they didn’t think they would enjoy. Also, creating a game or piece of art on your own can help practice flexibility as well. If the player has never created a game before or a piece of music for example, this can be a great low-stakes environment to try these things out for the first time.
Self-Control: Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors.
Creation can be a lot of fun but it can also be frustrating at times. Players may look at the creations of other players and wonder why they cannot create something that looks as polished and professional. But the player needs to exercise their self-control skills and stay calm and patient and keep practicing with the tools. Persistence will pay off and the player will find that by sticking with it and not getting too frustrated, they are improving in their creation of art as well.
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