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What Wizard Battles Can Teach Us About Crowdsourcing

Posted on by Seth W

… some understanding of the R&D and design process from blog posts on the subject. Multiplayer games like this generally have a strong community, so Magic R&D could also count on its players to get the word out.

Dealing with compartmentalization

A common problem with crowdsourced projects is that everyone works independently, only sharing work when it is finished. This causes a lot of duplication of effort and restricts collaboration. Magic R&D avoided this by breaking the …

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Games at the museum: Mia Ridge interview

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… world-class museums and is now writing her PhD on crowdsourcing digital heritage. She describes games as the “participation engine” of crowdsourcing.

Taking time out from her busy speaking schedule, Mia told us how and why museums should be raising their game:

How did you first become interested in crowdsourced gaming?

As a kid I was intrigued by museums and also loved playing early computer games and made-up adventure games. I heard about “games with a purpose” a few …

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Heather Chaplin: gamification’s worst nightmare?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… She ignores the hundreds of examples of “good-will” gamification: people engaging with games on a totally voluntary basis, where contributing to the cause is the compensation. Think of leaving a tip on Foursquare after dining in an exceptional restaurant: that’s something I’ve done several times, not for the points or badges but because I just enjoy free drinks reviewing places. Closer to home there are the thousands of volunteers who’ve contributed to digitizing …

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War Games (or how the US military learned to love the crowd)

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Question: where do you work if you: a) are a genius, b) are too crazy for NASA and c) really like blowing stuff up? Answer: DARPA .

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has a $3 billion budget, a remit to “create lasting revolutionary change” and a project list that looks like it was written by Philip K Dick. Current schemes include shape-shifting matter, …

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Too cool to play: the gamification backlash

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Missing the points?

Here at Microtask we’re “out and proud” gaming fans. We play games, we write about games, we make games. However, being a mature and friendly organization, we realize that sometimes it’s good to check in with the opposition (even if it’s just so you know where to aim). Happily for us, critics of gamification rarely lay into full-blown games like Digitalkoot. Instead they tend to attack companies like Foursquare, who apply game-mechanics to non-game …

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