Gamer-Centered Design

I’ve championed user centered design for years and in part that’s behind the argument for using educational games and simulations for teaching: meeting and engaging students on their own terms. Now I’m seeing a gamer-centered design aesthetic begin...

Global Warming In Club Penquin

Bringing new meaning to the phrase global warming, Rafat Ali broke the story yesterday that Sony is in talks to acquire Club Penguin, the virtual world for kids from British Columbia. Sale price is rumored to be in the range of $450m, a 7.5 multiple of Club...

Tools for Mapping the Metaverse

Several months ago I began using MindJet’s MindManager to give form to some essentially stream-of-conciousness research and I was hooked immediately. Though I’ve hand-drawn or seen computer-generated mind maps for years, most recently in Ed Yourdon’s...