Welcome to KeepGameSafe! Our five-minute neuro-based assessment will help you work out if you’re managing your gaming well, or if you could spend a bit more time AFK. Let’s get started!
THE KEEPGAMESAFE APP
We are not in the business of telling you what to do! You make your own decisions when it comes to gaming. But we want to make sure you have all the information you need. We are leveraging the next generation neuro-based assessment tools to build the deepest personalized insight into what you truly think and feel. The experience will be more game-like than any normal assessment. The KeepGameSafe assessment tells you how well you are managing your gaming and it will take only 5 minutes to get your answer.
What’s the best thing about gaming for you? Is it about relaxing and unwinding, having a bit of time out? Perhaps you enjoy the social aspects of gaming. Or maybe you enjoy competing against other players.
Video games can be a great way to relax and have fun. But there’s more to gaming than just that. Research has shown that gaming can help players develop all kinds of skills, from motor control and hand-eye coordination to teamwork and leadership skills. Whether you play single player or multi-player games, gaming lets you challenge yourself in ways that aren’t always possible in real life. And the skills you develop will not only improve your gaming performance but can also contribute to your success at work and in your life.
We want you to keep gaming so you can enjoy all these benefits and keep having fun while you’re doing that. But, like anything else, you can have too much of a good thing. That’s where the KeepGameSafe app comes in. It can help you keep the right balance between gaming and real life, so your gaming doesn’t take over your life. After all, life is the most important game there is, and you want to win at that game too!
THIS IS JUST THE
In this first pilot version of the KeepGameSafe app you can assess how well you are managing your gaming. The app’s algorithm will weigh up your need to escape, and your ability to control your gaming. These results are confidential – only you will see them. But we have much more under development.
Soon there will be a program that focuses on the benefits of gaming. There is extensive research showing that gaming helps develop skills that not only benefit your gaming success but can also increase your chances of success in real life, including your work performance and personal relationships. We are also working on a way to identify your GamerType, so you can better understand what you get out of gaming and what that means for how and when you play.
And we’ll also be offering resources to help you keep the balance right between gaming and the rest of your life, such as willpower training and stress management.
WANT TO HELP US SPREAD THE WORD?
We believe that gaming often gets too much of a bad rap because not enough people know about the very real benefits it offers. We want to change that by sharing what we know about what gaming has to contribute to players’ performance in real life. But it’s also true that gamers need to self-regulate to make sure their gaming doesn’t have a negative impact on the other parts of their lives.
Our Mission is to make sure that all gamers have the information and resources they need to stay on top of their gaming and manage it effectively. If you feel the same, come and join other likeminded gamers who believe in Keep Gaming. But Safe!
Duane has been listed as one if the top 20 most influential people in the video game industry in his home country. A pioneer in gaming, his influence has spanned over 20 years in the sector worldwide including working for some of the biggest brands in the industry the likes of Ubisoft, EA, Warner Brothers, Disney and THQ. He was also an early gaming influencer with his own television gaming show.
Duane is a founding member of the New Zealand Esport Federation (NZESF) and is the current Vice President and international representative. In 2020, the NZESF was officially recognised by the government making esports a fully ratified sport in the country. This was a globally historic feat as the first western democracy to achieve such status. Duane sits of numerous gaming boards including being Member of the GEF Education, Culture, Youth Commission (ECY).
Duane is the founder and CEO of leading esport media company LetsPlay.Live (LPL). LetsPlay.Live has an outstanding six-year history of industry leadership and success, with its brand already synonymous with the nation’s gamers who have played over 100k matches to date. With over 15,000 matches organised each year, it is the number one esports tournament organiser across Australasia and Oceania and is an official TO partner for the biggest games publishers on the planet, including Riot, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Activision Blizzard, Supercell, Ubisoft, 2K, and more.
WHAT GAMING CAN
We want to help you keep gaming safe. Because we think gaming can change you in positive ways.
DO FOR YOU...
DOPAMINE: SEEKING ENJOYMENT
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter your brain releases to make you feel good. When you successfully address a challenge, beat a competitor, get a high score, attract new followers, get featured on a streaming platform – all these events will trigger a dopamine release. But because the dopamine hit declines quite quickly, your brain will soon start looking for another dopamine release, and that can keep you gaming.
If you find that you often keep gaming for longer than you intended, willpower training can help with that. But generally, delivering dopamine is a good thing, and gaming is much healthier than many alternatives that could deliver the same sort of hit, including social media. Gaming is an easy, low-cost way to get a dopamine hit, and it’s important for all of us to get an occasional dopamine release to bring some positivity into our lives.
CORTISOL: THE NEED TO ESCAPE
Having an escape hatch makes sure your stress does not build up, adding to your irritation, frustration, and tension.
Gaming also allows you to reduce your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. It’s important to have an occasional escape from a stressful life or environment and gaming is generally a much healthier escape than drugs, alcohol, social media, or mindlessly surfing the internet.
However, ideally, gamers would be able to self-manage their stress effectively and enjoy gaming for what it is, rather than using it to escape. Stress management training can help with that and we are developing a program specifically aiming at gamers, i.e., easy to use tools that do not take up much time and even allow you to reduce the level of stress before an important game.