The kids are alright
Beck, J. C., & Wade, M. (2006). The Kids are Alright: How the Gamer Generation is Changing the Workplace (Paperback). Boston: Harvard Business School. 978-1422104354
Having read the introduction and chapter 1 of this book and skimmed the rest here are my thoughts. The authors believe that the "gamer generation" is a distinct group, more distinct than generations X and Y. They have been shaped by playing games and as they enter the workplace, they will think and behave differently to the generations that preceded them.
They make the same assertion as Prensky that their brains are actually wired differently.
Prensky has been criticised for this and other bold claims by
Mc Kenzie http://fno.org/nov07/nativism.html
and others http://knowledgegarden.usq.edu.au//tiki-index.php?page_id=622
They base much of their assertions on a survey of 2500 Americans which asked 16 questions. The survey does indicate that those who describe themselves as game players do hold different attitudes to those who don't. They are more competitive, more motivated, better networkers and bigger risk takers. What the survey does not indicate is causality. Did the games cause these traits or are people with these traits more attracted to games? I am unconvinced.
The book was published in 2006 but written earlier. It possibly suffers from the delays of publication. For example, there no discussion of World of Warcraft (that I noticed). Some of the thinking may have groundbreaking when written but it has been eclipsed by more recent web based discussion.
they do not clearly define the term "gamer generation",
there are some slippery terms, eg 92% have regular access to games while only 80% live in houses with computers
"the gaming experience is basically solitary" try to sell that to a WoW player!
"gamers learned how to manipulate electronic information" my links above dispute this assertion, the gamer generation is not good at this.
"gamers, who intuitively understand each other" really?