Jesse Schell To Predict Future of VR In Education at Serious Play July 25-26

Jesse Schell will put on his wizard hat to forecast just how important and how used VR will be in education at Serious Play Conference.  Below is the press announcement.

LOS ANGELES – June 2, 2016 – Jesse Schell, Schell Games, will talk about the hype around Virtual Reality and how that technology will translate into meaningful advances in educational and transformational games over the next decade at Serious Play Conference, July 26-28 at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Serious Play Conference speakers head some of the largest game-based developers/publishers or are Read the rest

Serious Games Association Latest Announcements

Here are the latest announcements by the Serious Games Association:

2016 Serious Play Conference

Tuesday-Thursday, July 26-28

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This year’s sessions will cover advances that have been made in all Serious Games markets – corporate, healthcare, education, visitor centers, and government/military.

The major themes to be addressed by the conference include the value of games to develop creativity, critical thinking; how to use learning outcomes; analytics support; and games as a diversity education tool.

New this year are multiple interactive sessions, workshops; opportunities for participation learning; and master class for those who want Read the rest

Serious Games To Diagnose And Treat Lazy Eye In Children

Healthx Screenshot

The University of Utah is this year’s winner in the “Best Student Developed Serious Game” category of the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge with Healthx, a game to help treat and diagnose lazy eye in children.

This is the University of Utah’s second consecutive winning year at I/ITSEC SGS&C.  In 2014, University of Utah’s Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) was awarded “Best Student Developed Serious Game” for Cyber Heist.

Working with researchers at the John A. Moran Eye Center, a team from the U created Healthx to help diagnose and treat lazy eye, which Read the rest

Serious Games As A Novel Paradigm for Learning Quantum Mechanics

The Georgia Institute of Technology is this year’s winner in the Students’ Choice category of the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge with Particle in a Box: The Quantum Mechanics Game.

The game is part of the research project Particle in a Box – An Experiential Approach to Quantum Mechanics Educationconducted by a Georgia Tech’s team consisting of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from various disciplines who have collaborated on the design, development and evaluation of the Educational Serious Game.
Quantum Mechanics (QM) is the foundation of diverse science and engineering disciplines such as semiconductor physics, materials Read the rest

Serious Games Providing New Ways To Increase MUM-T Capability

Camber Corporation is this year’s winner in the “Best Government Serious Game” category of the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge with MUM-T Strikeforce, an online, multiplayer, multiplatform, and fielded training game, developed for the US Army PdM-Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The I/ITSEC conference attendees also selected MUM-T Strikeforce for the “People’s Choice Award”.

This is Camber’s third consecutive winning year at I/ITSEC SGS&C.  In 2014, Camber was awarded “Best Mobile Game” and “People’s Choice” for “Eagle Eye” and in 2013, Camber was awarded “Best Mobile Game” and “People’s Choice” for “GORRDEE”.

The U.S. Army views MUM-T as a Read the rest

57 Best WordPress Plugins For 2016: A Sumo-Sized Guide

Every WordPress plugin you need to do ANYTHING with your website categorized (plus how to use them).

Jun 8th, 2016 by Sarah Peterson

44,000.

That’s how many WordPress plugins have been released into the internet wilds.

With that many plugins, how do you know which are legit, and which are a waste of your resources? And more importantly, how do you know which plugins you are missing out on?

There’s a plugin for everything. And we’re bringing you the most comprehensive guide on the internet to the best WordPress plugins ever made crowdsourced from some of the most successful online Read the rest

You Must Earn, Not Buy Social Media Friends & Brand Advocates

you can't buy advocates or social media friends

It’s not news that social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn are moving to a pay to play model. The glory days of being able to gain massive organic reach with a simple, on the fly Facebook post are over and done. Results in the social world of today require more planning, integration, and money.

Marketing leaders today must understand and embrace the know, like, trust and pay model for growing their business. At the heart of business today is people. At the heart of social media is people. Marketing leaders and brands that embrace and master the art … Read the rest

Netflix Analyzes Which Shows Are Most Binge-Watched and It Turns Out We’re All a Bunch of Spooky Creeps

Well, well, well. The truth comes out. Everyone’s always walking around all nice and normal, but once they get home, it’s chills and thrills until bedtime. Netflix analyzed the viewing habits of users watching “more than 100 serialized TV series across more than 190 countries.” While the average member can typically finish a season in a week, “binges” are designated as two or more hours of TV watching at a time and are more likely to be horror or thriller series like The Fall, The Killing, and Dexter. Users watching comedies like BoJack Horseman or political dramas Read the rest

The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It

By QUENTIN HARDY
June 7, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty-seven years ago, Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web as a way for scientists to easily find information. It has since become the world’s most powerful medium for knowledge, communications and commerce — but that doesn’t mean Mr. Berners-Lee is happy with all of the consequences.

“It controls what people see, creates mechanisms for how people interact,” he said of the modern day web. “It’s been great, but spying, blocking sites, repurposing people’s content, taking you to the wrong websites — that completely undermines the spirit of helping people create.”

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Vivendi buys out Guillemot family to seal Gameloft takeover

French media group Vivendi will cement its hostile takeover of Gameloft by buying out company founders, the Guillemots.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the family — who also formed fellow French studio, Ubisoft — say they are stepping away “with regret.”

“The family maintains that Vivendi’s hostile approach goes against the best interest of Gameloft, both for its activity and for its teams,” they said in a statement.

It’s believed Vivendi will pick up the majority of the Guillemot’s 21.7 percent stake in the Modern Combat developer.

Earlier this month Bloomberg reported that Gameloft CEO Michel Guillemot Read the rest