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Lost in the Virtual Economy? Hereā€™s a map

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… identified in the report are third party gaming services and, more interesting for us, the role of microwork in virtual worlds.

The bottleneck: translating problems into microtasks

The report explains that, although microwork itself requires no technological expertise, converting computational and business problems into microtasks requires a great deal. This is well known to our tech-experts: Digitalkoot, the first Microtask-powered service, combines advanced OCR techniques, human …

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GDC 2011: Angry birds, happy Finns

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… games, social and online games, and serious gaming. Gamification, localization of content and microwork were thoroughly explored, both during the presentations and informally. Other than Microtask, Finnish companies on the fringe of the gaming industry such as Premium Fan Page and Applifier were present and active.

Smaller developers had a blast: Recoil finally presented Rochard, a side scrolling shooter/puzzle game that is pushing Unity where no software has been before. I also …

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A ticket to play

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… fun (though probably not getting to work on time), but the bus stop initiative also has serious microwork potential. With a smart set up, a wide range of companies could use task-based games in similar situations. In addition to the addictive, competitive element of the games, people could be encouraged to participate using incentives such as free fares for completing a set number of microwork tasks.

Gaming the city

The bus stop experiment also shows that itā€™s possible to use …

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IGI 2010: The Future is Bright

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… incredible concentration of jaw-dropping scenery, wild parties and gaming companies.

Making microwork a game

This world class gaming industry provided my excuse to return to my favorite destination a few weeks ago, to speak at the Icelandic Gaming Industry (IGI) Conference 2010. In attendance were relevant companies from the gaming world including Gogogic (Vikings of Thule), Betware, and Mindgames.

For Microtask, it was an unmissable opportunity to discuss our vision for …

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Designed intelligence: how experts can help the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

What is wisdom? It seems like a simple question, but as any Dungeons and Dragons player knows, there is a difference between wisdom and intelligence. Legendary D&D creator (and awesomely named dude) Gary Gygax explained the distinction: Intelligence is noticing that itā€™s raining. Wisdom is putting up an umbrella.

The wisdom of crowds effect has been on a turbulent …

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