Virtual Play Patterns

My colleague Scott Traylor of 360 Kid regularly writes thoughtful and timely pieces about kids, toys and digital media, and his latest article for the May 2009 issue of Playthings Magazine is no exception. What Works For Virtual Play? – Questions to Ask About...

Serious Games Showcase

Serious games and simulations embrace subjects as diverse as health care, emergency preparedness, world history, algebra, ethics, emotional intelligence, team building. Thanks to Eliane Alhadeff for showcasing some of this diversity in these slides.

The Future of Learning

Beginning this September New York City will be home to Quest to Learn, one of the most innovative 6-12th grade public schools in the country, that will use game design and game-inspired methods to teach critical 21st century skills and literacies. Created in...

Is There a Downside to the Upside of Social Media?

Between the Susan Boyle phenomenon, participating in a panel discussion on the importance of social media in business as part of NYC Entrepreneur Week and watching clients eyes cross when I urge them to Twitter, I’ve been thinking a lot about social media...

Susan Boyle Meets the (Social) Media

Just minutes after West Lothian phenom Susan Boyle walked onto the stage of Britian’s Got Talent last Saturday night, even snarky Simon Cowell’s heart was melting under the brilliance of her song. So too everyone fortunate to be watching the show live...

Spy vs. Spy

As a cold-war baby one of my favorite cartoon strips was Mad magazine’s Spy vs. Spy. That all flashed back to me a few years ago at the second Serious Games Summit in Crystal City, VA, just across the highway from the Pentagon. There, it didn’t take long...

Making Games That Don’t Suck

How could you go wrong choosing William Shakespeare’s plays and characters to be the centerpiece of a massively multiplayer online game? Just ask Ted Castronova who received a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation to create Arden: The World of...

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