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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.  It speaks to the acceptance we already have of the digital…

How to Save the Environment by Letting Kids Destroy It

This year’s Earth Day has given us a chance to reflect how the environment is more threatened than it has ever been. Worst of all, this is all occurring with indisputable evidence of the causes, dangers, and solutions to climate change readily available. The fact that climate deniers can still triumph in light of vast…

Eco Wins the Climate Challenge

We’re honored to announce that Eco won the grand prize in the Climate Challenge in New York!  In Eco players are tasked with building a civilization together in a simulated ecosystem, where they can have a huge impact on the environment and climate.

Eco at the White House

​Because Eco is a Department of Education grant winner, we had the amazing opportunity last week to visit the White House and talk about the role of games in education with leaders from industry and government. Afterwards we ran a demo of Eco at the nearby 1776 Incubator, showing to officials and policy-makers what we…

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…

‘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…