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What Wizard Battles Can Teach Us About Crowdsourcing

Posted on by Seth W

… 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 with crowdsourcing? Well, about 10 years ago, the company that makes this game turned to its fans the players, and for the first time said “ you make a card ”. What followed …

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Madmen join the game

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… fact that just as in the real world, advertising is now pervasive in the virtual world of video games. While I’m not that avid a gamer anymore (I’ve spent the last 15 years in the games industry, and – like dealers of non-virtual drugs – I don’t get high on my own supply), my annual pilgrimage to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco the other week was an eye opener. I spent two days at the Social & Online Games Summit listening to lectures on how to get people to …

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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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