Green gaming for Earth Day
It’s hard to argue about the evils of gamification when it’s being used to inspire people and corporations to act responsibly, whether that’s to improve your waistline, learn basic mathematics or, in the spirit of Earth Day, to go green. There have been many programs, both online and in the real world, that have offered cash for recycling cans, or discounts in exchange for used ink cartridges.
Nike Fuelband’s quest to 'turn every day into a game'
The Nike+ FuelBand has appeared on my radar several times from several sources over the past few weeks. In each case, this high-tech exercise-tracking wristband has so inspired the people who use it that they're inventing their own games to play with it.
Draw Something seems to be onto, well, something
Unless you've been hiding out under a rock (and even then) chances are you're at least aware of the hit new mobile/social game called Draw Something. From casual game-maker OMGPOP (now officially a part of Zynga), this iOS game is best described as Words With Friends meets Pictionary.
It's game on for iPads in NYC taxis
A recently approved proposal to allow iPads to be installed in NYC taxis offers some very interesting possibilities, putting what may be the world's most popular game-playing gadget potentially in front of millions of taxi riders.?? Before getting too excited, note that this is just a year-long pilot program, currently approved for 30 cabs in New York (out of about 13,000 total).
Gamification Summit 2012 promises new 'inspirational format'
The conference entirely devoted to the topic of using game-like mechanics to enhance real life is back, and will be held in San Francisco June 19-21.The three-day conference, called The Gamification Summit 2012, will include a new 'inspirational format' where there will be no panels.
Gamification: Still a bad word
Bring up the word ‘gamification’ to many game makers and you’ll get a common response -- a facial expression that’s similar to what you might have after accidentally stepping in dog droppings on the street. Google ‘Gamification, bad word’ and you’ll find your share of diatribes against this whole trend, though the problem seems to be less about the idea -- using game-like mechanics to change behavior -- and more about the term used to describe it.
Gaming is still the Wild West, according to this ex Zynga programmer
In one of those rare, only-on-the-Internet moments, an anonymous former Zynga employee has opened the floodgates, speaking in great detail about his experiences, both good and bad. The question-and-answer session, hosted on reddit, has already cased a firestorm of controversy, and it should be required reading for anyone interested in gamification, casual and social games, or the interactive entertainment industry in general.
What's your Super Bowl gameplan?
To be honest, I have a lot more interest in the high-profile Super Bowl commercials than the Super Bowl itself. But football is, under all the money and hype, still a game, and the natural question to ask is, how do we tie interactive and/or video games in with this once-a-year cultural experience?