Game Design and Learning

By dogtrax | Collecting pieces that help teachers think about game design for the classroom. We want students in the role of creators.

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Game Design Deep Dive: Creating a one-touch platformer in ZIP ZAP

<i>Deep Dive is an ongoing Gamasutra series with the goal of shedding light on specific design, art, or technical features within a video game, in order</i> …

Blog: Take a look at these old game proposal documents

Here are a few of my game proposal docs for some old games, a few of which actually ended up being published. I hope you find them useful in some …

Game Design

“Building a Better World” with City Building Games

I’m a bit over the Summer Slide so lets talk about what board games fit right in with this summer’s theme of “Building a Better World.” In the …

Video Games Are Better Without Stories

Film, television, and literature all tell them better. So why are games still obsessed with narrative?<p>A longstanding dream: Video games will evolve into interactive stories, like the ones that play out fictionally on the Star Trek Holodeck. In this hypothetical future, players could interact with …

Game Development

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>In the mid-1990s, before he became an acclaimed indie designer, Brendon Chung was …

Intel Corporation

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 …

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 …

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 …

Gaming

This Tech-Connected Rube Goldberg Machine Spans Five Cities

The Rube Goldberg machine formula leaves lots of room for creativity. Chain reaction contraptions have been built with everything from dogs to LEGOs, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Game Development

Project Discovery: Video Games Are Now Making Scientific History [Infographic]

Something amazing is happening in the world of science, and it’s all thanks to video gamers.<p>Inside of the massively multiplayer online game, <i>Eve Online</i>, there exists a mini game where the efforts of the players are helping to expand our understanding of proteins in the human body. That’s right! …

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 …

Game Design

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 …

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 Design

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 …

New York City Subway

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 …

Programming

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

J.K. Rowling never intended for Quidditch, her made-up wizard sport, to be played in the real world, but that didn’t stop committed <i>Harry Potter</i> fans …