So as I'm playing along for the required hour, which turned into 3 1/2 which I could relate directly to my submersion into the "Creative Flow" that I had recently read about on Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, in which a person becomes completely absorbed in what they are doing to the point of finding peak performance, and true satisfaction. Outlined in the idea are nine characteristics to identify whether or not your are in the "Flow" of what you are doing. So as I reflected on my immersion into Swampy's world I tried to see if I had met any of those characteristics as listed below and to see if I was truly in the "Flow" of things:
- There are clear goals every step of the way
I knew exactly what I needed to do, what I needed to avoid, and how to play along to achieve the goals set forth.
- There is immediate feedback to your actions.
Swampy let's you know if you are not doing well or if you get the "bad" water into his tub. Very immediate and obvious feedback.
- There is a balance between challenges and skills
It was easy at first but as you progress more and more obstacles get in your way. The puzzles get a little harder and you have to be a little creative in your water directing solutions.
- Action and awareness are merged
I don't know on this one. I may not have been as fully vested as this characteristic implies but I was certainly involved in the game play.
- Distractions are excluded from consciousness
No on this one, maybe moments of no distractions but I don't focus 100% on games. I have learned to stay at least a little aware of my surrounding in case the sudden questions comes my way from others.
- There is no worry of failure
This I think I was down for, I wasn't worried about failing really. I could redo any level along the way and play them out until the problem was resolved.
- Self-consciousness disappears
No worries on this one. I did not at one time feel self-conscious while helping Swampy.
- The sense of time becomes distorted
See above line (1 hr turned into 3 1/2)
- The activity becomes ‘autotelic’ – meaning it is an end in itself
I am not sure on this one, how about maybe?
So as you read this and other postings thinks about how gaming could effect your learning abilities? Do you see some similar traits while gaming that you can also associate with learning/teaching? Have you eer been in the "Flow"?