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Madmen join the game

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… not spend a large portion of your free time fighting wars, racing cars or shooting monsters in a video game. In which case, you’ll have to take my word for the 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 …

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Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… is now changing these rules.

Traditional publishers vs the crowd

Funding is a big issue for game developers because making good games costs money. A lot of money. Developing a decent downloadable game can cost up to $2M, while a high class retail product can easily blow out the budget to $40-50M. That’s not the kind of money you can ask the crowd for, right? Wrong. Apparently now, it is ($2m that is, not quite $40m… yet).

Double Fine, a company founded by Tim Schafer and employing …

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Heather Chaplin: gamification’s worst nightmare?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… public healthcare for the zombies”). Back in 2009, she made big waves at GDC when she accused game-developers of being “a bunch of stunted adolescents” . Her views on gamification are equally controversial. In an article published in Slate earlier this year, Chaplin claimed that (despite her epic enthusiasm) Jane McGonigal is not advocating any concrete change but only a change in perception: adding game mechanisms to reality just to simulate feelings of satisfaction. In …

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Too cool to play: the gamification backlash

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… games like Digitalkoot. Instead they tend to attack companies like Foursquare, who apply game-mechanics to non-game sites and apps.

Counter-intuitively, game designers are often the biggest gamification skeptics. Designers argue that game mechanics are subtle and complex. Good games, they say, are like art: engaging players deeply and emotionally ( not sure how Grand Theft Auto fits in here ). In contrast gamification, as game developer Margaret Robertson puts it, “tricks …

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Science and the “Nobel” art of gaming

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… science fun. Back in November we blogged about Foldit, a freely-available online protein-folding game. Foldit players contribute directly to scientific discovery: the more proteins they fold, the closer scientists get to curing diseases like Alzheimer’s and AIDS.

Refusing to be out-innovated by mere protein professors, geneticists at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford University have created EteRNA. EteRNA is another folding game: this time the goal is to help create the first large-scale …

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