Game Design and Learning

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Video games encourage Indigenous cultural expression

Video games are robust forms of creative expression merging design, code, art and sound. Unfortunately, many games misrepresent or appropriate from …

Open your mind (and your mouth) and learn about a new kind of game design

In the field of game design, we know a lot about designing games for a proper state of flow, but what are some of the bigger possibilities for …

How Hacking Pushes Innovation in Game Design

<b>Hacking and modifying games can lead developers to push the limits.</b><p>In the mid-1990s, before he became an acclaimed indie designer, Brendon Chung was …

What Is GOBLIN?

<b>Games Offer Bold Learning Insights Nowadays</b> (GOBLIN) is an interactive adventure game that is, first and foremost, a vehicle to experientially teach …

Five Years of Educate to Innovate

On November 14, 2016, the National STEM Video Game Challenge celebrated its fifth year with an awards ceremony and reception in Washington, DC at …

Education

Zenva

Adam Costa<p>"This is by far the best course I've taken on programming. Pablo jumps right into what matters: building stuff. His approach is simple, …

Learning at the Intersections of Science, Literacy, Gaming, and Making

Museum educators and teachers from Philadelphia share some of the things they have learned from designing learning for middle school youth in …

Epic Classroom Examples of Minecraft in Education

Minecraft has become arguably one of the most popular games in history. This is evident not only with gaming communities but also among educators. If …

Minecraft

Play me a story: How video game storytelling has evolved

CNET Magazine: From Atari to arthouse, Bushnell to Blizzard, we hear from industry heavyweights on how games have grown up.<p>Has a video game ever made you cry? No? That may be because you haven't played the right game yet.<p>Sure, there are plenty of run-jump-shoot-repeat blockbusters, where any story …

Game Development

This Tech-Connected Rube Goldberg Machine Spans Five Cities

Michele Debczak is a staff writer for mentalfloss.com. In the past she’s written about cheese and movies, two of her favorite things in life. In her …

Cool Stuff

New York Times publishes U.S. voter suppression op-ed in video game form

The United States presidential election is happening next week, and so yesterday the New York Times concluded its "Op-Doc" series of short, op-ed …

Raspberry Pi Game Design Board

What is the “Seven Segments of Pi”?It is an electronic kit which attaches to your Raspberry Pi Computer to create what may be the Simplest Games …

Sprawly, Interactive 360 Videos, No Code Required.

Web-Based Builder<p>No downloads required. Sign Up, Log In, Start Creating.<p>Transcoding and Hosting<p>We transcode your videos to multiple bitrates, and …

Virtual Reality

What No Man's Sky Teaches Us about Digital Storytelling

In the 1960s, <i>Lost in Space</i> captured the imaginations of families across the country through television and spin-off writing, long before the rise of …

Gaming

Level up: using video games to unlock the city

From Monopoly to SimCity, games can foster a special sort of engagement with an urban environment, helping us hash out and represent the complex …

Urban Planning
Game Development

One of the creators of ‘Rick and Morty’ is launching a virtual reality game studio

When you read the headline for this story and saw the featured graphic, your mind probably jumped to some very specific conclusions.<p>For starters, you probably assume the interview we did with Justin Roiland, co-creator of <i>Rick and Morty</i>, was full of hilarity and jokes. That I was only able to ask …

Virtual Reality

Take a Look at Super Mario Bros. Recreated in an Excel Spreadsheet

"Fun" is not an adjective most people would use to describe Microsoft Excel, but one creative spreadsheet-maker managed to find entertainment value …

Nintendo

Do you want to write video games?

An industry veteran explains the difficulty in getting the position everyone wants.<p>Do you want to write video games? Do you? Do you <i>really?</i> Be honest with me.<p>I mean, I don’t want to shoot down your dream. There are lots of people who’ve done the research, who know exactly what they’re getting into …

Game Development

Sorry, Parents: Video Games Correlate with Better Grades

(Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons)A recent study conducted by Alberto Posso of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology looked at the relation …

Education

Strong Female Protagonists in Video Games

Video games have seldom been associated with having well-developed female characters. But, the new era has seen a surge of personalities that catch …

Players Can Create Their Own New York City Subway Maps in the New Online Game ‘Brand New Subway’

Players can create their own New York City subway maps in the new online game <i>Brand New Subway</i> by Jason Wright. Players can choose from several …

Game Development

Apple's Swift Playgrounds is a coding class disguised as a video game

Alongside the release of iOS 10 this fall, Apple will put out a video game filled with strange aliens, blocky worlds, collectible gems, and clever logic puzzles. Only it's not just a video game — it's a series of coding lessons and challenges designed to teach kids the fundamentals of computer …

iOS

7 Once Fictional Games That You Can Now Play in the Real World

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Cool Stuff

27 Game Techniques Pokemon Go Used to Capture the World

<i>This article is written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen with support from Yu-kai Chou.</i><p>27 Game Techniques Based on the 8 Core Drives of …

Pokémon

The Video Game As Art

A screenshot from Playdead’s INSIDE, where the game follows a boy journey into a facility that’s conducting darkly fascinating experiments.<p>Growing …

Gaming

7 Advantages To Being A Game Designer

Game design is one of the few real-world jobs that is filled with excitement and fun, but it goes beyond that. The industry is constantly evolving …

Game Development

25 Real Ways Minecraft is Being Used in the Classroom

It’s hard to believe that just six years ago Minecraft was virtually unheard of. It was little more than a hobby project for creator and designer …

Minecraft

This Amazing Minecraft Map Created by 1500 People Took 5 Years to Complete!

Minecraft, a game where players have freedom to build almost anything. Whether it is a house, a building or even a city. Creativity in Minecraft …

Minecraft