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Augmenting the Classroom

Evolving Education Though Virtual Field-Trips. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Pokemon Go phenomenon is its speed; in a week, it was used more than Twitter.  It was an idea the world was ready for, packaged in a form that was easily approachable.

Announcing A New World

Our next project is called Eco, and it’s a game in a new genre we’re calling a Global Survival Game. What does that mean exactly?  It means you play in a multiplayer world that has the possibility of being permanently destroyed, resulting in server-wide perma death.  What’s more, the reason it’s destroyed would be the…

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‘You Have Died of Dysentery’: How Games Will Revolutionize Education

What do you know about the Oregon Trail?  I’m willing to be that your knowledge on the subject is gained almost entirely from the thusly-named game, where your typical quest across the country saw your resources dwindle, your family members drop one by one from accidents and disease, ending all too often with words ‘You…

The Merging of Artist and Audience: How Games will Redefine Fame

With Kim Kardashian’s game raking in $75 million last year and on track to take in $200 million this year, it’s no news that games and celebrities can have a symbiotic relationship.  What I think will be more surprising is just how far this connection between game players and celebrities can go, and how culturally…

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Permanent Record

The paradox of online worlds I’ve been playing a board game called Risk Legacy, the latest incarnation of the classic board game, and it features a surprising take on the role of permanence in games. Over multiple playthroughs the rules and board will actually permanently change based on what happens in each game. Winning the…

Real Crime in Virtual Worlds

What are the stories of the every day world that most interest us? Turning on the TV we can see it on the news: car chases, pursuits, shootouts, crime and punishment, justice served or not. It strikes me how little events like these affect the lives of their onlookers, and how that contrasts to the…

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