Parenting Challenge Workshop: Communicating & Engaging Gaming Youths at Home through Role Play May 2022

Parenting Challenge Workshop: Communicating & Engaging Gaming Youths at Home through Role Play May 2022
 

This 2-hour workshop is a follow-up to our Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Addiction. During the Webinar, communication strategies and theories on games and gamers were introduced. The application of the strategies and theories in a real-life family situation is not easy. Role play is a good tool to help contextualize the strategies and theories for home situations and deepen the adoption of strategies by reenacting them in a safe environment. For example, role play is used to rehearse the diffusion of difficult situations to prevent confrontations that can jeopardise parent-child relationships. COMEBACK psychologists will put out common scenarios in families and through role play to illustrate the application of the strategies and theories discussed.

The sessions will be conducted by COMEBACK Psychologists Nicholas Gabriel Lim and Poh Xing Yong. 

Note: 

  • For those who have not attended our Parents Webinar, you are welcome to register but do bear in mind that we will not spend time explaining and going through the strategies and theories in detail due to time constraints. 
  • Each session is similar in its framework, structure and objectives. 
  • Please wear your masks throughout the workshop.
  • All sessions are in-person. There is NO online option.

Session 1:
Date and Time: 22 May 2021 (Sun) 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre, Level 3, Summit Rooms 1-2
Limited to 20 registrants
Register here: https://pcw2022-1.eventbrite.sg

Session 2:
Date and Time: 28 May 2021 (Sat) 10am – 12pm
Venue: Heartbeat@Bedok Class Room 2
Limited to 10 registrants
Register here: https://pcw2022-2.eventbrite.sg 

Session 3:
Date and Time: 29 May 2021 (Sun) 10am – 12pm
Venue: Heartbeat@Bedok Class Room 2
Limited to 10 registrants
Register here: https://pcw2022-3.eventbrite.sg 

Cost: Free
We are very thankful for the support of Tencent in making this possible.

 


 ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Nicholas Gabriel Lim

Nicholas Gabriel Lim is the principal psychologist and a board of director at COMEBACK.

As a registered psychologist, he has worked with youths for 2 decades. He is the co-founder of the Youth Work Association (Singapore), a clinical supervisor to young budding psychologist, a youth mentor, and an author of the book Parents’ Playbook for Helping Youths Succeed and the ebook Understanding Adolescents, both under the main theme of Clash of the Mind and Heart.

He has spent his career in the people, private and public sectors. All of which have been with youths, families, and advocates of youths.

Given his depth and breadth of work with youths, he has been on various government advisory councils, like the Media Literacy Council and the National Council for Problem Gambling.

Nicholas not only has Degrees in Psychology from the University of Queensland and the Nanyang Technological University, but also various clinical and practice certificates like for Youth Work Coaching and Supervision, Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, Adventure Therapy, and Therapeutic Behavior Management, just to name a few. He is currently reading law.

In his free time, Nicholas enjoys reading a good book and heading to the gym. Together with his beautiful wife, he has three children. He lives by his favorite mantra, a life well reflected would be a life well lived!

Nicholas Lim’s Website: https://nicholasgabriellim.com

Poh Xing Yong

Xing Yong is an Associate Psychologist with COMEBACK. He has struggled with game dependency since Primary school, and now aims to help others overcome their similar struggles in game dependency using his past experiences and background in Psychology. He has completed his Psychology Degree (Honours), and is currently pursuing further studies in Counselling Psychology to further hone his skillsets.


Our programmes this May:

Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Dependency 21 May 2022
TeleTrip Festival - Gaming for Family and Friends

TeleTrip Festival – Gaming for Family and Friends

TeleTrip Festival - Gaming for Family and Friends
 

Play is the best way to bond with both family and friends. TeleTrip Festival is playing some popular game titles this May to kickstart the June holidays! TeleMatch and Finals

TeleTrip Festival is playing the popular Pokemon Unite, Brawl Stars and Roblox: Super Striker League. Gather your family and friends, both young and old to play together and have a great time. This is happening across two weekends, four days on 21-22 and 28-29 May 2022. Click on the links below to find out more. 

21 May 2022 (Sat) – 3.30pm – 6.30pm – TeleMatch Pokemon UNITE
22 May 2022 (Sun) – 10.30am – 1.30pm –  TeleMatch Brawl Stars
28 May 2022 (Sat) – 3.00pm – 6.00pm – TeleMatch Roblox: Super Striker League
29 May 2022 (Sun) – 2.00pm – 7.00pm – TeleTrip Festival Finals

Players of each game title will be playing our usual TeleMatch format for a day. This is our first step to gather players of different game titles to play their semi-finals and finals on 29 May 2021 (Sun) to play for the game champions.

Prizes

We have more than SGD 6,000 worth of prizes from AOC Gaming to be given out, not just to the winning teams but also individual and group winners. The list of prizes can be found in each of the TeleMatch pages list above. 

Feeling adventurous? Feel free to join ALL TeleMatch at TeleTrip Festival 🔥 

You can also support the teams playing by watching the livestream on Twitch.

 

Our May Programmes

Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Dependency 21 May 2022
Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Dependency – 5th Edition
Parenting Challenge Workshop: Communicating & Engaging Gaming Youths at Home through Role Play May 2022
Parenting Challenge Workshop: Communicating & Engaging Gaming Youths at Home through Role Play

Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Dependency 21 May 2022

Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Dependency 21 May 2022

We are running the 5th edition of our Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Dependency this year! We are thankful for Tencent’s support to be able to make this webinar free for all.

In 2020, we had 2765 Singapore secondary school students complete COMEBACK’s Game Dependency Test. 19.4% of the students have game dependency, with 4% being significant. This means that one out of five teenagers in Singapore have some form of disruptions in their lives related to gaming. To read the full report, go to https://www.comeback.world/2020/10/08/game-dependency-in-singapore-secondary-school-students-2020/

 

Games are here to stay and will be part of our lives. Complete embargo of games for your child and youth will mean social and technology isolation. This is not possible when students are required to go online for some school classes or assignments. On the other hand game dependency is a very real challenge for many parents. Yet, game dependency is rarely on the clinical radar as a cause or contributor to educational or behavioural difficulties for which psychological services were being sought as compared to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, insomnia, and mood deregulation.

For this Parents Webinar, we seek to equip parents with frameworks to help parents better understand games, gamers and game addiction, which we termed game dependency. With better understanding of games and your child’s gaming motivations, parent-child communication and relationship can be improved. Developed from the understanding of a youth’s brain development, various communication strategies will be examined. We will also do a brief introduction to neurofeedback intervention that is noninvasive and non-medication-based, that can help programme the brain to achieve greater mastery over ineffective or dysfunctional behaviours, i.e. game dependency, poor relationships, etc.

Date: 21 May 2022 (Sat)
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Venue: Zoom Webinar
NOTE: A unique link will be emailed to you to join the webinar. Please sign up using the email address you use for your Zoom account. Otherwise you might have problem logging into the Zoom webinar as the zoom links are linked to the email provided during registration. 
Cost: Free
Registration Link: https://uggg5.eventbrite.sg

Special and sincere appreciation to the follow parents group for your support for this webinar and all the work you do for the parents:

  • Dad@CatholicHigh, Catholic High School
  • Parents’ Support Group (PROED) Hwa Chong Institution
  • Chapter Zero Singapore
  • Parents Support Group Geylang Methodist School (Secondary)
  • Mum’s Space 
  • Yuying Secondary School Parents Support Group (YYSSPSG)
  • Chung Cheng High School (Main) PSG

 ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Nicholas Gabriel Lim

Nicholas Gabriel Lim is the principal psychologist and a board of director at COMEBACK.

As a registered psychologist, he has worked with youths for 2 decades. He is the co-founder of the Youth Work Association (Singapore), a clinical supervisor to young budding psychologist, a youth mentor, and an author of the book Parents’ Playbook for Helping Youths Succeed and the ebook Understanding Adolescents, both under the main theme of Clash of the Mind and Heart.

He has spent his career in the people, private and public sectors. All of which have been with youths, families, and advocates of youths.

Given his depth and breadth of work with youths, he has been on various government advisory councils, like the Media Literacy Council and the National Council for Problem Gambling.

Nicholas not only has Degrees in Psychology from the University of Queensland and the Nanyang Technological University, but also various clinical and practice certificates like for Youth Work Coaching and Supervision, Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, Adventure Therapy, and Therapeutic Behavior Management, just to name a few. He is currently reading law.

In his free time, Nicholas enjoys reading a good book and heading to the gym. Together with his beautiful wife, he has three children. He lives by his favorite mantra, a life well reflected would be a life well lived!

Nicholas Lim’s Website: https://nicholasgabriellim.com

 

Ruth Lim
Ruth is on staff with SOOS OIO as an Esports Coach and co-developed TeleTrip, an offline gaming community event. She conducts DOTA 2 foundational classes and workshops for Esports Academy under SCOGA and also teaches the module “Team Management” in Informatics Diploma for Esports and Game Design.

Ruth Lim coached a competitive DOTA 2 team TenTwenty in 2017 that won CPL Championship DOTA 2 Edition 2017, came in 1st in Dew Challenge 2017 and represented Singapore in Asia Pacific Predator League in 2018. Ruth managed Team Impunity FIFA Online 3 who got 3rd in EA Champions Cup (EACC) Winter Cup 2016 representing Singapore. In 2017, she coached Team Impunity FIFA Online 3.

Ruth graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with Diploma in Games & Entertainment Technology and SIT-University of Glasgow in Bachelors of Science with Honours in Computing Science. She also holds a CoachSG coaching certificate.

Well recognized in the DOTA 2 community, Ruth attended numerous international gaming tournaments, got to know and learnt from many of the top players worldwide. Ruth hopes to share her knowledge and experience to gamers in Singapore and beyond.

 

Poh Xing Yong
Xing Yong is an Associate Psychologist with COMEBACK. He has struggled with game dependency since Primary school, and now aims to help others overcome their similar struggles in game dependency using his past experiences and background in Psychology. He has completed his Psychology Degree (Honours), and is currently pursuing further studies in Counselling Psychology to further hone his skillsets.


Our May Programme

Parenting Challenge Workshop: Communicating & Engaging Gaming Youths at Home through Role Play May 2022
Parenting Challenge Workshop: Communicating & Engaging Gaming Youths at Home through Role Play May 2022
TeleTrip Festival - Gaming for Family and Friends
TeleTrip Festival – Gaming for Family and Friends

Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Addiction 26 May 2021

Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Dependency 21 May 2022

In 2020, we had 2765 Singapore secondary school students complete COMEBACK’s Game Dependency Test. 19.4% of the students have game dependency, with 4% being significant. This means that one out of five teenagers in Singapore have some form of disruptions in their lives related to gaming. To read the full report, go to https://www.comeback.world/2020/10/08/game-dependency-in-singapore-secondary-school-students-2020/

 

Games are here to stay and will be part of our lives. Complete embargo of games for your child and youth will mean social and technology isolation. This is not possible when students are required to go online for some school classes or assignments. On the other hand Game Dependency is a very real challenge for many parents. Yet, game dependency is rarely on the clinical radar as a cause or contributor to educational or behavioural difficulties for which psychological services were being sought as compared to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, insomnia, and mood deregulation.

For this Parents Webinar, we seek to equip parents with frameworks to help parents better understand games, gamers and game addiction, which we termed game dependency. With better understanding of games and your child’s gaming motivations, parent-child communication and relationship can be improved. Developed from the understanding of a youth’s brain development, various communication strategies will be examined. We will also do a brief introduction to neurofeedback intervention that is noninvasive and non-medication-based, that can help programme the brain to achieve greater mastery over ineffective or dysfunctional behaviours, i.e. game dependency, poor relationships, etc.

Date and Time: 26 May 2021 (Wed) 10am – 1pm
Venue: Zoom Webinar
NOTE: A unique link will be emailed to you to join the webinar. Please sign up using the email address you use for your Zoom account. Otherwise you might have problem logging into the Zoom webinar as the zoom links are linked to the email provided during registration. 
Cost: $15/registrant
Eventbrite Registration Link: https://uggg2021.eventbrite.sg


 ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Nicholas Gabriel Lim

Nicholas Gabriel Lim is the principle psychologist and a board director of COMEBACK. As a registered psychologist, he has worked with youths for 2 decades. He is the co-founder of the Youth Work Association (Singapore), the author of the ebook Clash of the Mind and Heart: Understanding Adolescents, a clinical supervisor to young budding psychologist, and a youth mentor!

He has spent his career in the people, private and public sectors. All of which have been with youths, families, and advocates of youths. Given his depth and breadth of work with youths, he has been on various government advisory councils, like the Media Literacy Council and the National Council for Problem Gambling.

Nicholas not only has Degrees in Psychology from the University of Queensland and the Nanyang Technological University, but also various clincial and practice certificates like for Youth Work Coaching and Supervision, Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, Adventure Therapy, and Therapeutic Behavior Management, just to name a few. He is currently pursuing his law degree.

In his free time, Nicholas enjoys reading a good book and heading to the gym. Together with his beautiful wife, he has three children. He lives by his favorite mantra, a life well reflected would be life well live!

Nicholas Lim’s Website: https://nigel.com.sg/

 

Ruth Lim
Ruth is on staff with SOOS OIO as an Esports Coach and co-developed TeleTrip, an offline gaming community event. She conducts DOTA 2 foundational classes and workshops for Esports Academy under SCOGA and also teaches the module “Team Management” in Informatics Diploma for Esports and Game Design.

Ruth Lim coached a competitive DOTA 2 team TenTwenty in 2017 that won CPL Championship DOTA 2 Edition 2017, came in 1st in Dew Challenge 2017 and represented Singapore in Asia Pacific Predator League in 2018. Ruth managed Team Impunity FIFA Online 3 who got 3rd in EA Champions Cup (EACC) Winter Cup 2016 representing Singapore. In 2017, she coached Team Impunity FIFA Online 3.

Ruth graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with Diploma in Games & Entertainment Technology and SIT-University of Glasgow in Bachelors of Science with Honours in Computing Science. She also holds a CoachSG coaching certificate.

Well recognized in the DOTA 2 community, Ruth attended numerous international gaming tournaments, got to know and learnt from many of the top players worldwide. Ruth hopes to share her knowledge and experience to gamers in Singapore and beyond.

 

Poh Xing Yong
Xing Yong is an Associate Psychologist with COMEBACK. He has struggled with game dependency since Primary school, and now aims to help others overcome their similar struggles in game dependency using his past experiences and background in Psychology. He has completed his Psychology Degree (Honours), and is currently pursuing further studies in Counselling Psychology to further hone his skillsets.


Other Resources

Click here to read and download the free Understanding Games and Gamers Ebook + Games and Gamers Chart.

Team SOOS – Our Esports Team

Team SOOS - Our Esports Team

We can’t believe that it has been almost a year since we ran nine TeleMatches across four game titles in a year. For those who are new to TeleMatch, it is an online community competition for casual players. There have been so many questions about our community events… Why TeleTrip and/or TeleMatch? What do we gain out of this?

It has always been in our hearts to build a positive and healthy gaming community, where gamers can be friends beyond the games. With all these interactions, we also hope that players get to interact and play with each other and who knows, many competitive teams might emerge from this. This journey is challenging but worth a shot.

An opportunity arose when we received a chance to represent Singapore for 2021 PREDATOR LEAGUE DOTA 2. Besides the honour of being our country’s representatives, it was also an opportunity to play against the top teams in Southeast Asia to learn and grow together. We decided to call out to the players from the DOTA 2 SOOS community.

We managed to gather a team of six players in less than 24 hours just 2 weeks before our first match today. Interestingly, five out of six of the players have participated in TeleMatch before and not everybody knew each other. After getting to know their teammates, they got down to business and played together under the name “Team SOOS”. Here are the players:

  • Samuel “Sequinox” Chan
  • Chen Kai “desole” Leow
  • Joel “j dog” Liew
  • Jonathan “Jonch” Chua
  • Jonathan “ticky tack” Lee
  • Edwin “mach1ne” Toh 

Even though the lead time towards the tournament is short, it was amazing to see how each player put in the effort to improve towards it. Some even took the initiative to play together beyond training time. To also see how appreciative the players were towards the opportunity to represent the country was a huge encouragement to us.

We really hope the team gains lots of experience and friendships through this tournament, like how TeleMatch has been for the players. No matter the results, we would like to give our sincere thanks to the players who rose up to the occasion. Also, please cheer for them as they play!

Having a Singaporean team to represent our country in esports is a dream that seems really far away and we are so glad that we have started this first step. We really hope that this will encourage all the Singaporean players who want to work towards winning a championship to take the leap of faith and try out playing competitive, even if it means facing a tough opponent at the start.

If you and/or your team would like to join us as Team SOOS, check if you have met the requirements and contact us!

2021 PREDATOR LEAGUE Teams

Listen to Jean Tan’s Lo-Fi Jazz-Hop Remix of ‘Oak Cherry Wine’, a Collaboration with Korean Artiste 양중은 YANG JUNG EUN

LISTEN TO SINGER-SONGWRITER JEAN TAN’S LO-FI JAZZ-HOP REMIX OF ‘OAK CHERRY WINE’, A COLLABORATION WITH KOREAN ARTISTE 양중은YANG JUNG EUN

As a follow up to her recently-released 5-track EP, ‘Blooms’, Singaporean singer-songwriter Jean Tan will be releasing a remix of her spellbinding single, ‘Oak Cherry Wine’. Produced by Singaporean music producer, Feng Lee, the remix is a collaboration with Korean YouTube artiste 양중은 Yang Jung Eun and is available on all music platforms today on 29 January 2021.

Written in her distinctive, bluesy vein, ‘Oak Cherry Wine’ is a love song interwoven with Jean’s personal experiences. It tells the story of Jean’s personal struggles with kidney disease, and of the man who stood by her in the celebratory and difficult moments alike. Like all truly good romance stories, the song’s lyrics has a bittersweet tinge, and is all the better for it – a love that is tried and true.

Marrying Jean’s lyrical sensitivity with 양중은Yang Jung Eun’s dulcet vocals, this refreshing take stays true to its original composition. The remix is elevated by a new arrangement – a lo-fi beat, the jazz-hop push and pull, the syncopated neo-soul electric piano – becoming more than just the sum of its parts. “It was a surreal experience working across borders while the world was on lockdown for much of 2020. The collab took off really well because June Eun is such an amazing and friendly guy! I guess we were just trying to make the best out of a crazy year”, says Jean Tan on working together with 양중은Yang Jung Eun.

Listen to the single on all major music platforms through this link: https://ampl.ink/GkNaO

Jean Tan will also be releasing an accompanying music video of the newly remixed version on 14 Feb 2021, made available on her YouTube channel. Directed by Stockholm-based Singaporean film director, Mandy Tay, the video features a pair of lovers dancing through the quotidian scenes of Stockholm city.

Traditional meets contemporary, and ballet meets street dance, as the couple whirl around each other in a dream state, swirling like a glass of (oak cherry) wine. 

LISTEN TO SINGER-SONGWRITER JEAN TAN’S LO-FI JAZZ-HOP REMIX OF ‘OAK CHERRY WINE’, A COLLABORATION WITH KOREAN ARTISTE 양중은YANG JUNG EUN LISTEN TO SINGER-SONGWRITER JEAN TAN’S LO-FI JAZZ-HOP REMIX OF ‘OAK CHERRY WINE’, A COLLABORATION WITH KOREAN ARTISTE 양중은YANG JUNG EUN

Below are the amazing talents who put their creative talent into the song and MV.

About Jean Tan

Jean is a singer-songwriter based in Singapore. Her music is a blend of folk, pop, and vocal jazz.

Jean has performed at Singapore’s National Stadium and Gardens by the Bay for the Southeast Asian Games 2015, as well as events like the Singapore Night Festival, Esplanade’s All Things New, Come Together, and Foreword festivals, Riverside Flow, and Zandari Festa in Seoul, Korea. Her song ‘Crowns’ was used as the opening theme song for the Singaporean television series ‘BRA’, while other originals ‘6.55pm’ and ‘Waiting for Love’ have also been featured in the Korean drama mini-series ‘Barefoot Diva’ and ‘Le Jour’. Her recent ‘Blooms’ EP was released in Nov 2020, produced by Singaporean R&B artiste and producer Dru Chen.

Jean often weaves her life challenges into her songs and uses her music for social good. She has performed at schools, teenage homes, community spaces, and for organisations such as Halogen Foundation, World Vision, Relief Singapore, Operation Smile, and Architects of Life.

Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

About 양중은Yang Jung Eun

June 양중은 (Yang Jung Eun) is a singer-songwriter and YouTube artiste based in Seoul, South Korea. June is known for his versatile and soulful voice, displayed through the range of pop, soul, indie, and jazz covers on his YouTube channel. He was cast on Season 3 of ‘I Can See Your Voice S3’ of Korean broadcast TV ‘Mnet’, where his impressive rendition of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ garnered more than 20m views online. Apart from spending his time on music, June also works as an advertisement and marketing director. He also quite likes his beer.

Instagram | YouTube

About Feng Lee 

Feng Lee is a music producer and guitarist from Singapore. A graduate and scholarship recipient from the esteemed Berklee College of Music, he was handpicked by American Idol judge and Grammy-nominated songwriter, Kara DioGuardi to be a music producer in her Hitmaking course. While in college, Lee also had the opportunity to co-write with one half of the legendary Hall & Oates, John Oates.

Currently based in Singapore, he has performed with and produced for local acts Nathan Hartono, The Sam Willows, Charlie Lim, BECKA, bittymacbeth, and The Apex Project. Lee’s recent collaborations include arranging and producing the theme song for Mediacorp’s latest Channel 8 Drama Friends From Afar and arranging the music for UnionPay International’s latest brand video featuring Sing! China vocalist Joanna Dong.

About Mandy Tay

Besides being an internationally exhibited fine art photographer, Mandy Tay also produces commercials (for clients ranging from Ikea to Spotify) and videos dusted by wanderlust.  A highly independent creator who treats her Sony camera as an extension of her eye, her strength lies in emotive storytelling and connecting with people, which shines through her stories of travel, life or love, sometimes all in one.

Since her return from Hong Kong and Dubai, she is on a quest to expand the hearts of everyone she meets, one video at a time. Follow her technicolour dreams on Instagram @taymandy. For more, please visit www.mandytay.com

Game Dependency in Singapore – Secondary School Students 2020

Game Dependency in Singapore - Secondary School Students 2020

In 2020, we hosted the Game Addiction Talk in 10 schools in Singapore, reaching out to more than 9000 students with the support of Media Literacy Council .

As part of the Game Addiction Talk, the COMEBACK Game Dependency Test was made available to students. 2765 secondary school students in 7 schools completed the COMEBACK Game Dependency Test, and results showed that 19.4% of the Secondary students  had game dependency. This translates to about 1 in 5 Secondary students in our sample.

For full report, please go to https://www.comeback.world/2020/10/08/game-dependency-in-singapore-secondary-school-students-2020/

For parents who will like to know more about this topic, we have an upcoming Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Addiction. You can register free at https://educatorsuggg20.eventbrite.sg.

Game Dependency Survey

Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Addiction NOV 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Addiction is back! This is in response to the enquiries we had about the next Parents Webinar after the last one we had in June 2020. 

World Health Organisation

“My child is gaming too much!” is a common statement we hear from many parents, especially during this stay home period. Gaming has become an integral part of life for many. The concern escalates when at the 72nd World Health Assembly, 194 members of the WHO unanimously agreed to adopt the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), which includes ‘gaming disorder’ as a recognised disease. The new classifications will come into effect on 1 January 2022. Below is WHO video on Gaming Disorder.

Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Addiction

Why are games so attractive? How do we keep up with the increasing number of games? How can we make sense out of this sea of games? Join Ruth Lim in a journey into the world of games. We will explore the various types of games and game genres that are popular among the youth, breaking down the various components of game design.  

Gamers are not all the same, and they have different motivations categorised by their Player Types. Join Xing Yong in understanding the motivations of your child as a gamer, to better connect with your youth and their needs to start off conversations to deepen your relationship.

The cause of addiction is not only from the substance, in our case, gaming. It happens when deeper human needs are not met. Join Nicholas Lim to learn more about addiction from a psychologist point of view. Through the explanation of the brain development of youths, Nicholas will also explore strategies for parents to communicate and connect with gamers.

The session will be moderated by Pauline Phoon, the founder of SOOS OIO LLP and COMEBACK PTE LTD.

Below is an animation about Addiction based on Bruce Alexander’s research about the cause of addiction.


Date and Time:
21 Nov 2020 (Sat)
10am – 1pm

Venue:
Zoom Webinar

Cost:
FREE. Registration Required on Eventbrite. 
NOTE: A unique link will be emailed to you on 20 Nov 2020 to join the webinar. Please sign up using the email address you use for your Zoom account. Otherwise you might have problems logging into the Zoom webinar. 
Special thanks to Media Literary Council for making this possible.

Registration on Eventbrite: https://ugggnov20.eventbrite.sg

P.S. The last Parents Webinar in Jun 2020, we had a waitlist as we reached our max capacity of 500. During the actual Parents Webinar, about 15% of the registrants were not present. Even though it is a free event, we will greatly appreciate it that ticket-holders who cannot make it for the webinar, please cancel the ticket with Eventbrite (at no charge) to release the slot for another who is able to join us. Thank you so much for your kindness and hope to see you soon!


 ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Nicholas Gabriel Lim

Nicholas Gabriel Lim is the principle psychologist and a board director of COMEBACK. As a registered psychologist, he has worked with youths for 2 decades. He is the co-founder of the Youth Work Association (Singapore), the author of the ebook Clash of the Mind and Heart: Understanding Adolescents, a clinical supervisor to young budding psychologist, and a youth mentor!

He has spent his career in the people, private and public sectors. All of which have been with youths, families, and advocates of youths. Given his depth and breadth of work with youths, he has been on various government advisory councils, like the Media Literacy Council and the National Council for Problem Gambling.

Nicholas not only has Degrees in Psychology from the University of Queensland and the Nanyang Technological University, but also various clincial and practice certificates like for Youth Work Coaching and Supervision, Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, Adventure Therapy, and Therapeutic Behavior Management, just to name a few. He is currently pursuing his law degree.

In his free time, Nicholas enjoys reading a good book and heading to the gym. Together with his beautiful wife, he has three children. He lives by his favorite mantra, a life well reflected would be life well live!

Nicholas Lim’s Website: https://nigel.com.sg/

Ruth Lim
Ruth is on staff with SOOS OIO as an Esports Coach and co-developed TeleTrip, an offline gaming community event. She conducts DOTA 2 foundational classes and workshops for Esports Academy under SCOGA and also teaches the module “Team Management” in Informatics Diploma for Esports and Game Design.

Ruth Lim coached a competitive DOTA 2 team TenTwenty in 2017 that won CPL Championship DOTA 2 Edition 2017, came in 1st in Dew Challenge 2017 and represented Singapore in Asia Pacific Predator League in 2018. Ruth managed Team Impunity FIFA Online 3 who got 3rd in EA Champions Cup (EACC) Winter Cup 2016 representing Singapore. In 2017, she coached Team Impunity FIFA Online 3.

Ruth graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with Diploma in Games & Entertainment Technology and SIT-University of Glasgow in Bachelors of Science with Honours in Computing Science. She also holds a CoachSG coaching certificate.

Well recognized in the DOTA 2 community, Ruth attended numerous international gaming tournaments, got to know and learnt from many of the top players worldwide. Ruth hopes to share her knowledge and experience to gamers in Singapore and beyond.

Poh Xing Yong
Xing Yong is an Associate Psychologist with COMEBACK. He has struggled with game dependency since Primary school, and now aims to help others overcome their similar struggles in game dependency using his past experiences and background in Psychology. He has completed his Psychology Degree (Honours), and is currently pursuing further studies in Counselling Psychology to further hone his skillsets.

Special Guest Speaker from Media Literacy Council

Dr Jiow Hee Jhee
Dr Jiow Hee Jhee is the Assistant Professor and Programme Director of BSc (Hons) Digital Communications and Integrated Media programme at Singapore Institute of Technology and member of the Media Literacy Council. He specialises in the impact of media on the family, media law and ethics, as well as cyber wellness and cybercrime studies.


Other Resources

Click here to read and download the free Understanding Games and Gamers Ebook + Games and Gamers Chart.
COMEBACK - Master Your GameCOMEBACK is a professional game dependency intervention program.
Click here to access the Game Dependency Test.

Good Gaming Habits Memes

Good Gaming Habits Memes

A Good Gaming Habits Meme is released every Friday 6.30pm since 10 Jul 2020 (Fri) on TeleTrip Gaming Facebook and Instagram. Or you can search for #goodgaminghabits. Thus far, 6 memes have been released. There are a total of 20 memes in this series.

What is this about?

Not sure about you, the word “toxic” never fails to pop up in the description of gamers community and culture in our conversations with other gamers. Perhaps some are resigned or got used to it. From our observation and contact with the gamers community, it is not always true. There are gamers who appreciate good games, good sportsmanship even in causal play, and just having good fun together. Yet this appreciation is usually unspoken. So our team had a thought that it will be great if we can talk about good games, good sportsmanship, good fun, etc in a light hearted manner. This “thought” was in the back burner for a while as we were busy with other things.

The Trigger

As much as we wished that there is a dramatic story to the push for us to make the “thought” a reality, it was an opportunity that came. We were in a rush to put in a proposal to Media Literacy Council (MLC) last year and this “thought” came back to us. Why not include this “thought” into the proposal and run a Good Gaming Habits campaign with memes? The proposal was approved. It was fun creating the memes in-house. Special shoutout to the gamers who gave us honest constructive feedback in the creative process… THANK YOU!

We are appreciative for the support of MLC. The memes were able to reach out to more gamers in Singapore because of the budget for advertising.

The 20 Memes

Below are the memes released. We will add the new releases into this post so that all 20 memes will be presented here. Give us a like and a follow at TeleTrip Gaming Facebook and Instagram if you like the posts.

Meme 1

Meme 2

 

Meme 3

Meme 4

 

Meme 5

 

Meme 6

 

Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Addiction

Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Addiction

Notice:
We have reached the full capacity of 500 pax for the webinar. If you are interested, you can be placed in the waitlist (click register at https://uggg.eventbrite.sg) and if someone cancels or a place frees up, we will release it to you.
If the number in the waitlist is sizeable, we might consider increasing the webinar capacity as well.
So please don’t hesitate to put yourself on the waitlist if you are interested to join us.

“My child is gaming too much!” is a common statement we hear from many parents, especially during this stay home period. Gaming has become an integral part of life for many. The concern escalates when at the 72nd World Health Assembly, 194 members of the WHO unanimously agreed to adopt the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), which includes ‘gaming disorder’ as a recognised disease. The new classifications will come into effect on 1 January 2022. Below is WHO video on Gaming Disorder.

Why are games so attractive? How do we keep up with the increasing number of games? How can we make sense out of this sea of games? Join Ruth Lim in a journey into the world of games. We will explore the various types of games and game genres that are popular among the youth, breaking down the various components of game design.  Gamers are not all the same, and they have different motivations categorised by their Player Types. By understanding your child’s world of games and the motivations of your child as a gamer, you can understand your child and their needs better to start off conversations and deepen the relationship.

The cause of addiction is not only from the substance, in our case, gaming. It happens when deeper human needs are not met. Join Nicholas Lim to learn more about addiction from a psychologist point of view. Through the explanation of the brain development of youths, Nicholas will also explore strategies for parents to communicate and connect with gamers.

The session will be moderated by Pauline Phoon, the founder of SOOS OIO LLP and COMEBACK PTE LTD.

Below is an animation about Addiction based on Bruce Alexander’s research about the cause of addiction.


Date and Time:
27 June 2020 (Sat)
10am – 1pm

Venue:
Zoom Webinar

Cost:
FREE. Registration Required. Please fill up the form below.
Special thanks to Media Literary Council for making this possible.

Registration on Eventbrite: https://uggg.eventbrite.sg


 ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Nicholas Gabriel Lim

Nicholas Gabriel Lim is a registered psychologist, who has worked with youths for 2 decades. He is the co-founder of the Youth Work Association (Singapore), the author of the ebook Clash of the Mind and Heart: Understanding Adolescents, a clinical supervisor to young budding psychologist, and a youth mentor!

He has spent his career in the people, private and public sectors. All of which have been with youths, families, and advocates of youths. Given his depth and breadth of work with youths, he has been on various government advisory councils, like the Media Literacy Council and the National Council for Problem Gambling.

Nicholas not only has Degrees in Psychology from the University of Queensland and the Nanyang Technological University, but also various clincial and practice certificates like for Youth Work Coaching and Supervision, Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, Adventure Therapy, and Therapeutic Behavior Management, just to name a few. He is currently pursuing his law degree.

In his free time, Nicholas enjoys reading a good book and heading to the gym. Together with his beautiful wife, he has three children. He lives by his favorite mantra, a life well reflected would be life well live!

Nicholas Lim’s Website: https://nigel.com.sg/

Ruth “Potatofluff” Lim
Ruth is on staff with SOOS OIO as an Esports Coach and co-developed TeleTrip, an offline gaming community event. She conducts DOTA 2 foundational classes and workshops for Esports Academy under SCOGA and also teaches the module “Team Management” in Informatics Diploma for Esports and Game Design.

Ruth Lim coached a competitive DOTA 2 team TenTwenty in 2017 that won CPL Championship DOTA 2 Edition 2017, came in 1st in Dew Challenge 2017 and represented Singapore in Asia Pacific Predator League in 2018. Ruth managed Team Impunity FIFA Online 3 who got 3rd in EA Champions Cup (EACC) Winter Cup 2016 representing Singapore. In 2017, she coached Team Impunity FIFA Online 3.

Ruth graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with Diploma in Games & Entertainment Technology and SIT-University of Glasgow in Bachelors of Science with Honours in Computing Science. She also holds a CoachSG coaching certificate.

Well recognized in the DOTA 2 community, Ruth attended numerous international gaming tournaments, got to know and learnt from many of the top players worldwide. Ruth hopes to share her knowledge and experience to gamers in Singapore and beyond.

Guest Speaker from Media Literacy Council

Dr Jiow Hee Jhee
Dr Jiow Hee Jhee is the Assistant Professor and Programme Director of BSc (Hons) Digital Communications and Integrated Media programme at Singapore Institute of Technology and member of the Media Literacy Council. He specialises in the impact of media on the family, media law and ethics, as well as cyber wellness and cybercrime studies.


Other Resources

Understanding Games and Gamers 1st Edition 2019 BannerClick here to read and download the free Understanding Games and Gamers Ebook + Games and Gamers Chart.
COMEBACK - Master Your GameCOMEBACK is a professional game dependency intervention program.
Click here to access the Game Dependency Test.