Can games change minds?

on Jun 30, 2013
Pop quiz: For each of the following descriptions, can you name a person (fictional or real, living or dead) who meets the criteria? You have 30 seconds: go! Generous president Hispanic lawyer Visionary underwriter Female computer...

[GDC] SpaceChem's Zach Barth on educational game d...

on May 5, 2013
In 2011, Wired UK and New Scientist described how “SpaceChem, a science-themed puzzler hailed as one of the year's best indie games, is aiming to make the leap from bedrooms to classrooms.” Today, SpaceChem is used by schools in the United...

Self-determination theory at GDC

on Mar 29, 2013
In a previous article, I argued that theories of motivation that include a diverse range of motivators might be more useful to game designers than parsimonious theories that pick out a small handful of motivators as primary. Apparently, I have much...

GDC: A brighter future for collaboration between i...

on Mar 27, 2013
Motivate. Play. "seeks to form a bridge between the gaming and scientific communities, offering analysis and commentary on games from a social sciences perspective"--it's right there in our mission statement. As such, it's exciting (and somewhat...

Sixteen ways to motivate

on Feb 22, 2013
7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The 8 Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution. I’ll be the first to agree that including an arbitrary number in a headline makes an article sound like something that you’d find in the bargain bin of your local...