3 Using this guide
This guide is easy to use and you can work through it in two ways:
Do it yourself
You can go through the whole guide – or just the sections that are helpful for you – on your own. Along the way, you’ll find exercises that test your knowledge and help you put what you’ve learned into practice. If you’re holding this guide in your hands, you’ll find some empty space at the back. You can use that to write down your responses to the exercise questions.
If you decide to work through the guide on your own, it’s still a good idea to check in with the site operator for help or to discuss the interesting things you find.
Some people learn better when they have a chance to talk about what they’re learning with others. If you’re like that, you can work through this guide with other I-CAN PLAY gamers. On weekends, the site operator will make time to take groups of gamers through all the sections of the guide.
You can sign up for these training sessions at the I-CAN PLAY Gaming Centre.
Important ideas and exercises
In this guide, we want to make sure that you’re comfortable with some important ideas related to games and gaming. We’ll let you know what these important ideas are by highlighting them like this.
So when you see a bold, purple word, you know it’s something worth remembering.
The guide also gives you exercises that are meant to help you remember some of the important ideas and test your knowledge. Exercises will be highlighted, like this:
Here’s an example of an exercise. When you see one of these, flip to the back of the guide or open up the Level-Up Guide Exercises file saved on the desktop to write down or type up your answers.
Layout of the guide
The rest of this guide will help you get started on gaming at the I-CAN PLAY Gaming Centre. Here’s what you can expect:
Before getting stuck into the technical aspects of gaming – like navigating a computer or finding games online – we’ll give you a quick introduction to the world of games and gaming.
This section will show you how to use the laptops at the I-CAN PLAY centre. It will give you more information about the computer itself and give you step-by-step instructions on how to connect to the internet and how to set up an email account.
If you’re new to gaming, this section will help you understand how to play. It will show you how you speak to the game (through your keyboard, mouse or controller), how to find the games that you want to play, and how to play games with your friends online. We’ll also take you through some of the most popular types of games you might find at I-CAN PLAY.
The I-CAN PLAY Gaming Centre will create opportunities for you to play against your friends and other gamers in the country through the VS Gaming platform. This section will show you how to register on the VS Gaming website, how to play a league game and how to capture your scores.
In this section you’ll find a whole list of links to useful articles and videos that will help you be a better gamer, and show you where to find the tools you’ll need to start making Let’s Plays and games of your own.