Category Archives: Games & Simulations

Eat Candy, Win Prizes!

What’s old is new again, and I’m not talking about Cracker Jacks. They never went away and so too the “prize” inside, which more often than not was a temporary […]

Can Learning be as Fun as Playing (Video Games)?

Ntiedo “Nt” Etuk, founder and CEO of Tabula Digita (now DimensionU) talks about the “ah ha” moment he had as a math tutor and the impetus for building a company […]

Using Social Media and Game Mechanics Improve Learning

Do you hear what I hear? After reading Social Networking in Schools on the Huffington Post today, I recognized that nearly every project I’ve worked on over the past year has pointed […]

Gamification is Coming. Are You Ready?

The debate about the use of game mechanics in digital media — lately known as gamification — hardly started  before being overtaken by tools, workshops and service providers all too […]

Whyville, AMD and PBS Join Forces

It’s gratifying when your clients and friends do well so I’m happy to pass along the news that Whyville, the subversively educational virtual world for tweens launched in 1999, has […]

The Future of Video Games: The Kids Are Alright

What a long strange trip it’s been. First, video games were seen as nothing more than a waste of time, then they were said to be a scourge that was […]

Using Game Mechanics to Power Your Business

There’s a post by Shane Snow and Phin Barnes on Mashable called How to Use Game Mechanics to Power Your Business that’s an excellent primer on a topic many first-time […]

Gamestar Mechanic in the South Bronx

[Scroll down for update.]  When I heard about eLine Media‘s planned beta test of Gamestar Mechanic I thought it would be a perfect match for the outreach programs organized by […]

UC Berkeley Study: Gameplay Shown to Raise Kids IQ

Dr. Silvia Bunge, director of the Bunge Cognitive Control and Development Laboratory at UC Berkeley, uses behavioral and brain imaging techniques to examine how we control our thoughts and actions […]

Coming Soon to a Screen Near You

First clue: it’s not a summer movie. As the annual techno-temple of E3 winds down, reports are starting to filter in about what’s going to be hot in the next […]