Kids love video games! Let’s make the most of that.
We maximise the opportunities video games give us. But they also come with risks and we should not shy away from that. At the Institute of Games we deal with both the opportunities and the risks.
How can we help you?
We minimise the risks
Workshops and presentations
We have trained over 2000 parents and professionals in the impact of video games on children and young people.
Free & paid Resources
Over 200,000 people have accessed our free resources for parents and professionals to keep gaming a safe and healthy activity.
We help families where gaming has become difficult to manage.
We work with schools, business, nfp’s and government to introduce gaming as a support or engagement strategy for other services, facilities or programs.
We maximise the opportunities
We run courses and workshops that teach kids the basics of coding, design and game development.
Positive gaming groups
We use gaming as a way to connect and build social development skills.
We’ve run awesome, positive gaming events that gather hundreds of young people celebrating their culture
Games in education
Good games teach children 21st century skills. They are amazing at engaging students in learning experiences.
Our current project: No Gambling in Games
According to research, there are increasing opportunities for digital gambling and gambling-themed games and activities. These include social casinos, simulation gambling, in-game gambling, introduction of gambling mechanics in video games, betting on the outcome of competitive gaming, betting on the outcome of a game in which you are the player.
The Institute of Games was funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to explore gambling in video games and work alongside video game industry professionals to formulate a response to the incidence of gambling in video games.
Our aim is to reduce access and exposure to gambling for children by:
- Develop resources that provide information for parents and support positive gaming.
- Develop recommendations to government developed in consultation with gamers, parents and professionals
Attend one of our focus groups to help us create useful resources and develop the right recommendations to government.
Request our literature review on the convergence of gambling and gaming with a focus on ‘Social Casino Games’ and ‘Gambling with Virtual Goods’.
Fill out our questionnaire if you’re unable to attend our focus groups but still want to have your opinion heard on this.
State Government of Victoria – Responsible Gambling Foundation
Cities of Whitehorse, Stonnington, Geelong, Hobson’s Bay, Booroondara, Frankston, Bayside, Glen Eira, Monash
Headspace – Bentleigh Bayside Community Health – EACH – CatholicCare – ParentGuides
Frankston, Dandenong and Whitehorse Libraries
Trinity College, Kew High, Balwyn High, Glen Waverley High, Oakwood School, Peninsula Special School
ABC – The Age – Herald Sun – 3CR – Community Radio Network