Reflections on hoarding, evolution, and Fallout: N...

on Jun 1, 2011
So my latest gaming obsession is Fallout: New Vegas, the latest action RPG release from Obsidian and Bethesda. And I don't use the word "obsession" lightly (okay, maybe a little, but still). When I heard last year that there was a new Fallout game...

Review - Jane McGonigal's Reality is Broken

on Apr 12, 2011
This review has been a long time coming (grad school isn't always conducive to keeping a regular blogging schedule). My apologies, but here it is finally. So, Reality is Broken. That's the attention-grabbing title of Jane McGonigal's new book, at...

Can games fix our broken reality?

on Jan 4, 2011
Jane McGonigal is not your typical game designer. She has a PhD from UC Berkeley (my alma mater!) in performance studies and predicts that a game designer will win a Nobel Peace Prize by the year 2023. She has been the subject of articles in The New...

Another look at Zynga

on Dec 14, 2010
Travis's recent post on games taking advantage of evolutionary psychology reminded me of a conversation he and I had a few weeks ago. I had recently read this short article in Wired Magazine, and it brought up some interesting questions I'd like to...

On the Power of Gamification

on Dec 7, 2010
Gamification is the word on the lips (or keyboarding fingers) of all those making, playing, leveraging, and studying games this year (thanks, in no small part, to a series of presentations that academic-designer Jesse Schell has given in the last 12...