Do You Think Videogames are Toys?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute The way things are labelled inevitably affects how they are perceived. If you think of videogames as “toys”, it paints a radically different picture than if you think of them as a medium for communication and expression. One way trivializes … Continue reading

Gamasutra – Features – The Top 10 Weird Children Of Video Games and Neuroscience

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute   Gamasutra – Features – The Top 10 Weird Children Of Video Games and Neuroscience. Here are the highlights: 1. People with no memory can remember playing Tetris 2. You can use the same drug to treat a heroin addiction … Continue reading

Does everything really need gamification?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Gamification Summit 2011 San Francisco. This seems to be the hot, hot, hot topic these days. There are conferences, books, and companies jumping on the bandwagon to bring you apps and more that can help you gamify your web space, … Continue reading

The Ludologist » Gamification Backlash Roundup

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Nice summary. The Ludologist » Gamification Backlash Roundup. For me the most important comment is this one: Sebastian Deterding’s Pawned. Gamification and Its Discontents: “Games are not fun because they are games, but when they are well-designed.” Be the first … Continue reading

Violent games not to blame for youth aggression

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Finally! A study that looks for the keys where they were lost rather than under the streetlight. Violent games not to blame for youth aggression. Ferguson found that depressive symptoms were a strong predictor for youth aggression and rule breaking, … Continue reading

EA says single-player games are finished?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Frank Gibeau from EA says: I volunteer you to speak to EA’s studio heads; they’ll tell you the same thing. They’re very comfortable moving the discussion towards how we make connected gameplay – be it co-operative or multiplayer or online … Continue reading

What, EXACTLY is the problem with getting to play the bad guy in Medal of Honor?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Video Games – In Medal of Honor, Role Playing Includes Taliban – NYTimes.com. Real live soldiers are dying for the cause of freedom (not to mention piles of innocent bystanders), yet having the freedom to play what you want and … Continue reading

Time to End the Honeymoon for Game Studies

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s not often that we get to see a new discipline be born and grow up these days, but that’s exactly what we have with Game Studies. Although there were indeed people looking at and writing about games before 2002 … Continue reading