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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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Too cool to play: the gamification backlash

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Missing the points?

Here at Microtask we’re “out and proud” gaming fans. We play games, we write about games, we make games. However, being a mature and friendly organization, we realize that sometimes it’s good to check in with the opposition (even if it’s just so you know where to aim). Happily for us, critics of gamification rarely lay into full-blown games like Digitalkoot. Instead they tend to attack companies like Foursquare, who apply game-mechanics to non-game …

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Science and the “Nobel” art of gaming

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… new crowd interested in scientific experiments. So what’s the next step? Instead of creating games that model biological processes, what if scientists started “playing” with actual molecules?

Microscopic evolution, real life fun

That’s exactly what Stanford researcher Ingmar Riedel-Kruse and his lab group have done. The Biotic Games project enables players to interact directly with microorganisms. The game’s “hardware” is a simple console which is hooked up to a lab …

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Is feedback the new Tower of Babel?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… friend I did some networking, attended as many seminars as possible, and interviewed people for a games podcast we are producing. Amongst many interesting seminars, Insomniac’s Community Director Ray Schneider delivered a challenging lecture on how, as a game developer, you should always maintain a dialogue with the various communities that orbit your games. This applies to online multiplayer games, but also to any game likely to build a fan base.

During the speech he stressed how …

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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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