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Now that’s what I call a remix: confessions of a YouTube-oholic

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… through Sellaband.

With a little help from their fans

In sharp contrast to the music industry (whose legendarily conservative attitudes I’ve been wincing over in the book Appetite for Self-Destruction, The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age ) the gaming world seems eager to let the fans do the work. Acclaimed LittleBigPlanet for PS3 has over 3 million user created levels, with a sequel due out that allows even greater customization. Meanwhile …

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E-petitions: a vote for the future?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… on the crowd at all if you don’t listen when they answer?

Digital Debates

Given their track record, I couldn’t help feeling a little skeptical when I read the latest pledge by the same Conservative party: any e-petition with over 100,000 votes on the UK government website will be guaranteed a debate in Parliament. But since it’s a new year, I’m prepared to give the guys in suits another chance and take the idea seriously. It’s actually a pretty exciting concept: 100,000 clicks …

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Designed intelligence: how experts can help the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… journey over the last decade, graduating from a statistical curiosity to a key part of a global industry. The concept has been at the heart of some incredible achievements, from the creation of Wikipedia to helping data analysts win chocolate (although we won’t mention the lack of wisdom the crowd has shown in watching, let alone voting in, the X Factor).

Experts witless?

But despite the growing pile of crowd-based success stories, some people contend that the crowd’s wisdom has …

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Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… were based on earlier games that were financially successful). Over time, some veterans of the industry and many players started to develop an honest dislike for such products, which felt like the outcome of focus groups rather than inspired innovation.

As recent fundraising for gaming company Double Fine has shown, crowdfunding site Kickstarter is now changing these rules.

Traditional publishers vs the crowd

Funding is a big issue for game developers because making good games costs …

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Happily ever after: how bored workers and their bosses can benefit from crowdsourcing

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… it is understandable that the media sometimes treat crowdsourcing almost like a fairytale industry.

Recently, however, our friends at CrowdControl have begun to tear down our carefully cultivated air of magic and mystery with new research on the demographics of digital labor (I can handle losing a little mystique, but nobody better go anywhere near my special Microtask wizard’s hat). Some of the results do not make pleasant reading for traditional employers.

The research …

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