DiGRA-FDG conference 2016

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

how do Kevin Kelly & Dennis Crowley decide which ideas to pursue?

There’s nothing I love more than a stimulating, mind-expanding conversation – coupled with a chance to peek behind the scenes and see how inspiring, successful creative people bring their ideas to life. I started the Getting2Alpha podcast to highlight extraordinary entrepreneurs, designers, film-makers & writers who’ve wrestled with the creative process – and managed to turn their innovative ideas into experiences that delight and enrich their customers. We’re kicking off Season 3 with two of my favorite people: Kevin Kelly & Dennis Crowley.

In Episode 1, Kevin and I discuss his mind-blowing new book, The Inevitable — which lays out 12 key trends that will shape the next 30 years.

In Episode 2, Dennis reflects Read the rest

Teachers, join our next student game design challenges in NYC, Dallas, and Pittsburgh!

Deadline to apply is August 12! We’re launching G4C Student Challenges in NYC, Pittsburgh, and Dallas in fall 2016. Teachers in public middle and high schools in these cities are invited to … Read more

Author: Andrew Scariati
Source: http://www.gamesforchange.org/2016/08/teachers-join-our-next-student-game-design-challenges-in-nyc-dallas-and-pittsburgh/Read the rest

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