The fact that I am a 38 year old digital immigrant (although I would argue that I am reasonably fluent in the techno-speak) was brought home to me with a bang this afternoon. I have had the pleasure of having a work experience girl (Lesley-Anne) from a local school in the Consolarium with me today. I have given her quite a few demanding tasks to do such as researching the Xbox 360 for me. She did this very well so as a reward I asked her to have a go at Zelda: Twilight Princess so that she could let me know what she thought of it. She was really excited by this because she has yet to play this version of Zelda. Here it is:
I had to leave her for an hour or two and on my return she had reached areas of the game that I did not know existed! What a plodder I must be. But, I started to regain some gaming diginity when she got stuck in a dark tunnel and couldn't get out...(ha ha, I sumgly sniggered) but NO...what did she do? Did she moan and give up? No, She escaped the tunnel, got back on her horse and rode to the shop to buy a lantern. More problems, no lantern there! So what was her next option? Straight to Google and a search for a game walkthrough. Within minutes she had found the information she needed, found the lantern and ploughed through that part of the game...breathtaking. Her speed, adaptibility and almost symbiotic interaction with the game and strategies to help overcome barriers was something to see. I think I need to consider employing some of these experts to help drive things here!