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Getting to Know Valve's Steam: a Video Game Life Skills Group

Daryan Borys
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(405)
Here students will learn about Valve's Steam and the universe of gaming it unlocks.

Class experience

This class is taught in English.
When taking this class, students will have the opportunity to safely grow as a gamer and not fall prey to the many pitfalls that can twist a person into becoming a toxic troll or worse.  Students will improve their writing by creating reviews for their favorite titles on Steam.  Learners will also develop communication skills with not only their peers, but safe communication with others over the internet in the gaming world.  
A lifelong gamer, there is a very special place in my heart for the art of games.  In my opinion it is like opening up a very good book and having the power to direct the story.  I first watched my sister play Mario on our Nintendo (yes, the original) and was hooked ever since.  I've played games in every form, from live action (I'm literally an actor) to table top to digital on all devices.

I am a former Twitch Streamer and got my start in online broadcasting through that experience.  Since then I've gone off to work on video games in different aspects from creating Mods (modifications to an existing game) to doing voice-over for several studios.

I am also a Steam User since 2003 with a library of over 900 games.  I've extensive knowledge of the Steam platform, the gaming industry, and how to best interact with them to have a safe and positive experience.
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Please note: Steam has all profanity filters and safety filters enabled as a default setting but best to make sure.

Steam as a platform possess titles with an M rating, that means intense violence, sexual content, nudity, use of drugs and alcohol, blood and gore, ect.  It is precisely for this reason it is important to learn to safely navigate this platform.  Steam provides very strong systems to protect its users, so be sure to do the following two things on the Steam Client after it is downloaded on a computer or laptop: Set up 'Family View' and 'Store Preferences'

'Family View'
- The top left corner of the Client will have 5 categories: 'Steam' 'View' 'Friends' 'Games' 'Help'
- Click 'Steam' and a dropdown menu will appear
- Click 'Settings' in that dropdown menu
- Go to the "Family" tab on the left side window
- Click "Manage Family View"
- Here you may set up "Family View" settings where you can control every aspect that your learner sees and can interact with, then protect it with a PIN.  The tutorial will explain more features but this is the safest (if not a little heavy handed) option for you and your learner.  The Parent Controls are very strong and you can literally lock someone out from doing anything, so please be careful with setting this up.  The next system, 'Store Preferences' is even more powerful and far better nuanced.

'Store Preferences'
- On the Steam client in the top right corner will be your "User Name" or basically what you decided to name the account.  
- Click your User Name and a dropdown menu will appear
- Click "Store Preferences" from that dropdown menu
- From here you are given the power to filter out General Mature Content, Violence, and even select tags.  So if you do not want your child looking at "shooting games" you can simply type in "FPS" into the "Tags to Exclude" field and all shooters will be excluded from your learner's view when navigating Steam.

The filtering and censoring options are very robust and I will be more than happy to assist with any and all inquiries with getting you and your learner set-up on the platform to ensure a safe and positive experience.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(405)
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Group Class


1x per week
55 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
1-3 learners per class

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