Friday, December 24, 2010

A Supplementary Method of Teaching - Love / Friendship / Courage / Honor


Final Fantasy VIII Video Game Introduction - (1999) Square

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To hear the music and to get a partial view...
click on the video.

To get a full view of it...
click on the video once again...
once it has started.

A new page will open at YouTube.

To get a full screen view...
Click on the four arrow pointing to...
the four corners of a square icon...
at the bottom right of the video.
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One of the most powerful and commonly used methods...
of influencing human behavior...
one that had its roots...
in applied Psychology...
as used infamously...
even...nefariously...
by the Tobacco and Alcohol Industries...
in conjunction with the Movie Industry...

(The movie stars were made to smoke and drink in the movies...
especially in...
  climactic or heroic scenes...
by the studios...
who were heavily compensated by...
their "sponsors")

so many decades ago...
utilizing the Psychological concept of...
Modeling.


In a very simple explanation...

Monkey see...Monkey do


It is the most natural way of learning.

The mind automatically sees correlations...
and attempts to establish causations...
to allow the observer to not only...
know how to do it...
but when to...
in order for observer to be like...
the observed.

(Hero does x to get z....
 Hmm...
I do x to get z...)

The evil comes in the added non-causual variables.

The direct and planned...
implications used by the T & A Industries...
(and yes...using T & A to achieve their means :)  ...
showing all of the cool...
heroic...
woman and resource getting
super males
(they did the same for females too)
smoking and drinking...
it was part of the designed winning formula
to model oneself after.

I included this explanation not to denounce modeling...
as an evil or incorrect way of learning...
I did it to show its efficacy.

It is, indeed, a very powerful way to influence people.

A very successful way of motivating people...
is through a demonstratively successful...
means of achievement...
as shown through a hero...
or a set of heros...
all set...
to beautiful scenery...
an engaging story line...
and greatly stirring...
and emotionally charged...
music.

A highly choreographed...
sensual...
visual and aural assault...
designed to pluck the heart strings...
and to stir the soul... 
to turn an otherwise mere story...
into an epic saga.

One that is not merely remembered...
but one that can fundamentally change...
a person's outlook on life.


Before I say...
the greatly disturbing words...
to many parents...
whom are concerned...
with the structured learning...
of their children...
using traditional means of acquiring
morals...


Just as modeling can be utilized for evil purposes...

It can be utilized for great good.



The difference is in the purity of the message...
not in the medium.

Now...
the words...

Video Games


Just as one can choose
morally pure
books and movies...


One can choose
well or poorly
with...
Video Games...
and the movies based upon them.

The beauty of
 great video games...
lay in the...
40 to 100+ hrs.
of reinforcement of desirable morals...
all with the rapt attention of the child.

I have been a great fan of the Final Fantasy series
(from Square Enix)
since...
FFIII (U.S.) for the Super Nintendo
(and now on Playstation).

I've greatly enjoyed the whole series from FFIII - FFX.
Each stresses the great strength inherent in cooperative
human interaction as demonstrated by the characters...

Great and Pure...
Love...
Loyalty and the resulting Friendships...
Courage...
Honor

The child is not only watching...
but actively participating.

He becomes the heros...
and he is Positively Reinforced...
by growing more abilities...
and advancing in the game...
unlocking mysteries...
defeating evil...
all the while being treated to great...
scenes...
story lines...
music.

This is especially true in the later games...
VIII and on...
as computer graphics greatly improved
(as evidenced in the above FF VIII intro from the game).

A Playstation is a specially designed
and specifically task designated computer.

Both the Playstation 2 and 3 are
backwards compatible
(They will play the previous Playstation games...
PS 2 will play PS2 and PS1 games-
PS3 will play PS3, PS2 and PS1 games)

Get the Playstation 3 if you can...
it is also a
Blue Ray DVD player.

It also doesn't need game memory cards
as it has its own hard drive.


No...

I make no money off of this Blog or from any
of my recommendations or links.

I've done it specifically to keep my information
pure in perceived motive.

The games are especially cheap now days...
as they have been on the market for so long.

Has FF II and FF III


Has FF IV and Chrono Trigger (a different series - but a good one)


FF VII

FF VIII (the YouTube video is from this game)


FF IX


FFX

As they are so inexpensive...
why not get them all?

You may also get the MYST series on Playstation now.
(originally a PC game)

They are very good for developing problem solving skills
as they are filled with many different puzzles in the game...
while the graphics and music are enchanting.

This series is a different type of game...
it is first person perspective (through the players eyes)...
non-linear in game play (free roving)
and non-cooperative in nature (must do things on own).

MYST 
the one that started it all


RIVEN
The sequel to MYST


EXILE
The sequel to RIVEN


Please don't get turned off by the "Violence" in the YouTube video...

Violence...
is not inherently evil...
it all depends upon...
its intent...
the purpose of the particular course of action...
(using the lowest level of force necessary to effect the change)...
its result.


To protect one's self...
one's family and friends...
the innocent...
from the guilty...
is an exercise in...
Good against Evil.

I shall go more into this concept
in my next article.

There is no Great Honor...
without the possibility...
of Great Sacrifice.

No Great Love...
without the possibility...
of great loss.

No Great Friendship...
without ...
Great Loyalty...
and the...
Great Courage necessary...
to defend it.

These great concepts...
can be thoroughly
Demonstrated...
Reinforced...
Actively Participated in...

Through Great Video Games

Great lessons learned...
with the
COMPLETE ATTENTION
of your child...

This much I guarantee

(A great motivator to complete tasks ahead of time)

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