Game Theory, politics & the power of a non-zero narrative

Like many of you, I watched the Republican & Democratic convention speeches — and was struck by the stark difference between the core narrative of each event.

The Republicans were rallying around a story of competition for scarce resources – with a fearsome opponent who is trying to grab your share and harm you. In contrast, the Democrats were weaving a narrative around reaching across boundaries and cooperating to create more abundance for everyone.

It struck me that game theory has something to say about politics here.

Schoolyard games & political speeches

In game theory, there are two types of games we humans like to play: zero-sum games, where opponents compete for … Read the rest

Simulated Workplace Experiences Grounded In Reading Standards Connect School To Career

Community in Crisis, developed by FableVision Studios for Classroom, Inc., has won bronze honors in the 2016 International Serious Play Awards competition in the K-12 Literacy category.

Community in Crisis is the second game in Classroom, Inc.’s Read to Leadlearning series (After the Storm was the debut game). The series is a set of immersive literacy learning games and curriculum designed to middle school Common Core State Standards in reading and writing.

Both Serious Games immerse players in a personalized workplace experience in which students must think critically and use evidence to solve real-world problems, all Read the rest

Serious Games Addressing The Challenge Of Global Antibiotic Resistance

Superbugs, developed by Preloaded, has won silver honors in the 2016 International Serious Play Awards competition in the Healthcare category.

The mobile Serious Game was launched early July in partnership with the Longitude Prize, a five-year challenge with a £10 million prize fund which aims to solve the problem of global antibiotic resistance.

The game explains the science behind antibiotic resistance to players, and helps spread the word about the Longitude Prize. Over five years, the Prize is challenging everyone, from amateur scientists to professional researchers, to invent a transformative, quick, affordable and easy-to-use test to tell you if Read the rest

DiGRA-FDG sessions

August 1-5, there are dozens of highly interesting research papers, panels, keynotes and other sessions presented in the first joint DiGRA-FDG conference in Dundee, Scotland. Here are listed some highlights, including only selection of presentations by Finnish game researchers from UTAgamelab, as well as from our colleagues and collaborators in the universities of Jyväskylä and Turku:

Digital Games, Gender, and Cultural Participation: A Study of Finnish Female Gamers, by
Usva Friman (University of Turku, Finland)

Review of Social Features in Social Network Games, by
Janne Paavilainen (University of Tampere, Finland)
Kati Alha (University of Tampere, Finland)
Hannu Korhonen (University … Read the rest

Serious Play Conference 2016 Best Of Show Award Winner

Doug Whatley, Founder/CEO – BreakAway Games, receives the 2016 Best of Show Award from Sue Bohle, Executive Director – Serious Games Association, Producer – Serious Play Conference

Breakaway Games is the winner of the 2016 Best of Show Award for the Serious Game Vital Signs ED™, among more than 30 studios, publishers, companies and academic student groups that have won gold, silver and bronze honors in the 2016 International Serious Play Awards competition. 


In the game, players take on the role of a doctor working in an emergency department.
The player’s job is to visit patients as they appear Read the rest

Coherent SG Helps Serious Games Developers Deliver Outstanding UI Faster

For the last four years, Coherent Labs has established itself as a leader in the Game User Interface middleware market.

By using Coherent SDK, game developers and designers are leveraging the power of web technologies to create stunning and high-performance UI for both entertainment games and simulation environments, while saving up to 50% of the UI development time and resources.

Following the success in game development market in the past four years, the company is now expanding and is also tailoring its products for training and simulation industries. 

Coherent SG is a division of Coherent Labs solely dedicated to Read the rest

Discover your personal Innovation Style [FREE CheatSheet]

Do you self-identify as an innovator? Welcome to the club – it’s awesome in here. 

You’re the kind of person who imagines what SHOULD exist in the world – and then goes out and makes that happen. At Shufflebrain, we help you bring your ideas to life — faster & smarter.

We‘re developing some exciting new game design offerings – and we want your input. To discover your Innovation Style – & get early access to our latest design insights – click the link below & answer a few questions.

Once we’ve processed your response, we’ll send you your FREE Innovator’s Cheatsheet – which includes a set Read the rest

5 Gamification Examples Changing the World of Learning

Why Epic Meaning and Calling Matters in Learning This article was written by Contributing Writer Erik van Mechelen with input from Yu-kai Chou and Jun Loayza.  It’s easy to get behind products, projects, and people that are changing the world of learning. Previously, Yu-kai wrote about contemporary social gamification examples. This article will continue the … Continue reading 5 Gamification Examples Changing the World of Learning

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Author: Erik Mechelen
Source: http://yukaichou.com/gamification-examples/5-gamification-examples-changing-world-of-learning/Read the rest

What’s your Innovation Style? [FREE CheatSheet]

Do you self-identify as an innovator? Welcome to the club – it’s awesome in here. 

You’re the kind of person who imagines what SHOULD exist in the world – and then goes out and makes that happen. At Shufflebrain, we help you bring your ideas to life — faster & smarter.

We‘re developing some exciting new game design offerings – and we want your input. To discover your Innovation Style – & get early access to our latest design insights – click the link below & answer a few questions.

Once we’ve processed your response, we’ll send you your FREE Innovator’s Cheatsheet – which includes a set Read the rest

Serious Games Placing Players At The Core Of EU Common Agricultural Policy

Among many of the logistical aspects of Britain and Europe split, a major focus of negotiation will likely be the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), a cornerstone of the European Union that accounts for roughly 40 percent of its budget.

Implemented to ensure food supplies for Europe, stable and reasonable prices for consumers, as well as fair income for European farmers, the policy was introduced in 1962. Since then, CAP has undergone several changes in order to reduce its cost (from 71% of the EU budget in 1984 to 39% in 2013), to respond to new concerns about the environment, and Read the rest