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The Dismal Experience of 3D Game Engines

The Dismal Experience of 3D Game Engines

For as long as I can recall I have loved games. My very first memory of playing games involve good times with my family. When I was about 7 my Dad brought hom an Atari system and my brother and I spent hours in front of that thing playing PacMan, Centipede, and well more PacMan. I can still recall p ...
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Live Blog: Betable Hackathon Saturday

Live Blog: Betable Hackathon Saturday

This weekend I am participating in a hackathon.  I started live blogging yesterday.  Today is the continuation of the adventure.The On Going Challenge: Create a new gambling game with the Betable API in a weekend.Time: 1:52 pmI'll admit freely that I got here toda ...
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Betable Hackathon Friday

Betable Hackathon Friday

Time: 10:52 pmThe Challenge: Create a new gambling game with the Betable API in a weekend.First Steps: People present ideas... Only two presented.  An MMO and a play off Pokemon.Second Step: Find a team.I choose to jump on board wi ...
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Tilt the World: Social Games for Good

Tilt the World: Social Games for Good

Categories Gaming, Social Good
Nicole Lazzaro did a talk at TechSoup in San Francisco awhile ago about building games for good. She said, "Games do more than points and badges. Games create rich experiences." They immerse the user into an experience that drives them forward. She began to explore this when she stood at the top of ...
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The Power of Play: Using Fun to Increase Engagement & Drive Viral Distribution

The Power of Play: Using Fun to Increase Engagement & Drive Viral Distribution

Wrote this a while ago and am not sure why it never got published. So I am sending it for publishing now.------------------------------------------------------------Sit down for a moment and pick up a game of PacMan. Play it for 5 minutes. Same old game? What happens if you add emotional elements to ...
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KPI vs Engagement

KPI vs Engagement

Earlier this week I was discussing with my friend, Tom Graber, about the problem with metrics and I thought I would jot down a summary of the conversation.  It all started with a discussion about social game companies focusing on metrics to determine whether or not they were successful with their ...
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The Power of Gaming

The Power of Gaming

Last night I went to the City Arts talk, The Power of Gaming with Jane McGonigal. You may or may not already be familiar with her.  She did the TED talk about how gaming can make a better world.  This later spawned, Gameful, which is the online headquarters for people who want to make a better wor ...
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[Experiment] Illustrating Characters

[Experiment] Illustrating Characters

I had always admired my friend, Miki Pierre, and her ability to illustrate characters of any variety.  Take a look at her work on her site and you can see it for yourself.  Recently, I've decided to start trying my hand at doing some of my illustration.  I'm fairly new to this so I went to Google ...
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Addictions: Glitch

Addictions: Glitch

Categories Gaming
Glitch by Tiny Speck is the latest game, currently in beta, to capture my attention and much of my time. Trailer below: I first learned about Glitch through my friend, Shelly Bowman, after sign up I immediately fell in love with this cute little browser based massive multi-player game. You can ...
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Addictions: Turntable.fm

Addictions: Turntable.fm

I've recently discovered two new start up created applications which have me absolutely addicted, Turntable.fm & Glitch (post to come next week).Turntable.fm is a music streaming & sharing application that allows users to create rooms with up to 5 DJ's to rotate songs within their own particular mus ...
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