GDC Online - APB Reloaded - Free to Play

on Oct 11, 2011
Today was an interesting day. Words like, “Free2Play”, “Play4Free”, and “Freemium” were well... at a premium? In general it seemed that the theme of the day was, how do you succeed in the game industry using a...

Bejeweled Blitz - Cognitive training tool... but o...

on Sep 14, 2011
Thanks to Josh De Leeuw for the heads up. Here is an article about how Bejeweled Blitz might improve "sharpness" in the senior community. Of those who play Bejeweled Blitz on a regular basis, 47 percent of adults over 50 reported feeling...

EVE Online dev team to provide economic data to pl...

on Aug 30, 2011
Thanks to Ted Castronova for the heads up: It appears that the economists who help manage the virtual economy of EVE Online are going to provide public access to price data. While price data might not give us tremendous insights into player...

CGames 2011 Conference Quick Hits

on Aug 5, 2011
Last week I was at CGames 2011 in Louisville Kentucky. The conference was sponsored by IEEE, so naturally, it had a computer science angle. It has been around for a long time and when it first started 16 years ago it was quite cutting edge. Over the...

Eight Mechanics to Enhance Cooperation in Multipla...

on Jul 6, 2011
As we move through the world we sometimes find ourselves in interactions where what is best for ourselves is not best for those around us. Pollution, overuse of resources, the maintenance of roads, and welfare for the poor and unfortunate are all...