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Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… is now changing these rules.

Traditional publishers vs the crowd

Funding is a big issue for game developers because making good games costs money. A lot of money. Developing a decent downloadable game can cost up to $2M, while a high class retail product can easily blow out the budget to $40-50M. That’s not the kind of money you can ask the crowd for, right? Wrong. Apparently now, it is ($2m that is, not quite $40m… yet).

Double Fine, a company founded by Tim Schafer and employing …

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Too cool to play: the gamification backlash

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… games like Digitalkoot. Instead they tend to attack companies like Foursquare, who apply game-mechanics to non-game sites and apps.

Counter-intuitively, game designers are often the biggest gamification skeptics. Designers argue that game mechanics are subtle and complex. Good games, they say, are like art: engaging players deeply and emotionally ( not sure how Grand Theft Auto fits in here ). In contrast gamification, as game developer Margaret Robertson puts it, “tricks …

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Teaching kids to win

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… sense of personal control. The activity itself can be anything from a microtask to a long, complex game.

If you’ve ever been involved in a competitive game, you probably have experienced the sensation. This is because games generally contain the key elements required to achieve the state of flow. As discussed in the earlier post, if you could make work more like a game, you would have more success engaging your workforce. Or, if the methods of Lee Sheldon are anything to go by, your …

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Do crowdsourced design contests work? You be the judge – and win!

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… stronger. Or so everyone always says.

A few weeks ago we discussed the use of crowdsourcing in design contests. Writing this blog – and reading the feedback we received in response to it – got us thinking. Why not try it out for ourselves? After all, we wanted to design a Microtask T-shirt, and crowdsourcing has made running design competitions easier than ever before.

Crowdsourcing the shirt on my back

Because we focused on 99Designs in this earlier post, it was a natural …

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Some work is born digital: from gold farmers to game masters

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… today: the latest step is a trend towards crowdsourcing, or digitizing existing tasks such as design and development, and distributing them to a global labor pool via the Internet.

One aspect of the digitization of work has received less attention than it perhaps deserves. This aspect is the emergence of work that is “born digital”. “Born digital” is a term originally used to denote products such as books and music that are created directly in digital form, as opposed to being …

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