Category Archives: Education

SilverFish Studios Release Fly Casting App. for iPhone

SilverFish Studios is an independent software company based within Northern Ireland. SilverFish will have been operating for 2 years come June – no mean feat in the current financial climate. They¬†have had many ups and downs but SilverFish provides a … Continue reading

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Economic Gameplay in Virtual Worlds

Koster’s post on this topic explains the importance of balanced economics in commercial virtual worlds: Does a virtual economy affect player retention? From time to time I think about this in terms of the design of educational virtual worlds. Economics … Continue reading

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Play games to learn to program

This is an interesting read on getting into programming through games, by creating macros, scripts, and logical blocks: http://www.hideandseek.net/2011/05/25/programming-games/. Of course much game playing is about planning, puzzle solving and thinking strategically, which is also very beneficial to being an … Continue reading

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Games, fun and sex but not necessarily in that order!

Koster has an interesting article on his blog in relation to what fun is with respect to games. Sex comes into the discussion – are we have fun because we are learning, and if so why is sex fun? http://www.raphkoster.com/2008/10/13/fun-in-class-in-sex/ … Continue reading

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Microsoft funding a “do games help us learn” project

Games based learning researchers will be keen to see how this new Microsoft project works out for school students in the New York area. As strange as it seems I’m not sure $1.5 million will be enough funding to do … Continue reading

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Negative myths of games debunked – mostly

This is an excellent article from (Henry Jenkins – MIT) – even if I only say that because it supports my own experience and instinct (plus bias!). In (crude) summary: games are not just for male children, they are social … Continue reading

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