Tag Archives: Geek

What Wizard Battles Can Teach Us About Crowdsourcing

Posted on by Seth W

… to start with a confession: when I’m not thinking about crowdsourcing, I’m busy being a huge geek. Not trendy geek chic, unfortunately, but the old fashioned type (a trendsetter maybe?). Read on bearing this in mind.

My main vice is Magic: the Gathering, a role-play card game where players are magically-dueling wizards. The only game pieces are cards which represent classical magic spells like fire blasts and enchantments. Like I said, I’m a geek.

What does this have to do …

Tags: Card game crowdsourcing games Geek iPad Magic Magic the Gathering microtask Trading Card Games

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Rookie or real player? The rise of Seth Priebatsch

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of location-based gaming service SCVNGR, Priebatsch is the media’s favorite gamification geek. Back in March he gave a popular SXSW keynote speech and since then the blogs, articles and TV spots just keep on coming.

Journalists are clearly hypnotized. But does this “proud Princeton dropout” really deserve quite so many column inches? Priebatsch often claims that game mechanics can make people do anything. If that’s true, skeptics might ask why SCVNGR is still only a …

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Down on MyFarm: gamification goes rural

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Princeton drop-out ? A well-groomed San Francisco game-developer ? A good old-fashioned geek’s geek ? Or how about a middle-aged English farmer ? Okay, the clue is in the title. Farmer Richard Morris is the proud manager of 1200 acres of prime agricultural land, and the unlikely overseer of real-life gaming venture: MyFarm.

Back to the land

In the US, FarmVille players now apparently outnumber real famers 60:1 (that’s one of those statistics that goes round the …

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A ticket to play

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

San Francisco is a great place to be a geek. The city is home to hundreds of startups including big names like Twitter, Craigslist and Zynga. Silicon Valley itself is just 50km round the bay.

Every year thousands of tech-seeking tourists cross the Golden Gate Bridge to attend events: the Game Developers Conference, Apple Keynotes, the Web 2.0 Summit – there’s an expo for everyone.

In such a tech-friendly town, it’s not …

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Net cops: cybercrime and the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… or no power over Nigerian fraudsters or Russian hackers.

There comes a point in life of every geek when you just have to accept you’re probably never going to foil an international conspiracy from your laptop. The odd email scam, on the other hand, is the sort of crime almost any net user can help bring down – just a shame it doesn’t have quite the same blockbuster appeal…