All posts tagged: Serious Games

What the heck happened to Clippy? Ribbon Hero 2 released

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Last year, Ribbon Hero, a game that teaches people how to use Microsoft Office came out.  It was one of the few gamification projects that tried to be an actual game instead of being just lame slathering of points and achievements.  Now comes the sequel. David Edery and I have been helping the team over at Office Labs take that initial experiment and fulfill its fascinating potential.  I’m super proud of what Jen and crew made.  You […]

Wordcamp 2010: Why we turned Microsoft Office into a Game

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At the start of May, I gave a talk down in San Francisco on how game design can plug a gaping hole in the current practice of application design. Wordcamp 2010: Why we turned Microsoft Office into a Gamehttp://static.slidesharecdn.com/swf/doc_player.swf?doc=wordcamp2010-public-100517214725-phpapp02&stripped_title=wordcamp-2010-public View more documents from danctheduck. Here is the pdf with the speaking notes included. This contains a bit more than the actual talk. Wordcamp 2010-Public.pdf take care Danc. PS: You can embed PDF files in slide […]

Cooperation War Challenge

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Joel Davis sent me an email presenting a classic design challenge. Your job is to teach players important cooperative skills as an alternative to beating the pulp out of another. The twist is that you can not force collaboration upon the player. The game must be clearly competitive in nature and should slowly wean the players off their ‘defeat the enemy’ strategies. The game is only a success if the player has an ‘aha moment’ […]

Vistech 2005: Thoughts on the military industrial game complex

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I gave a talk at a tradeshow called Vistech earlier this week. With all the traveling and attending talks my posts have been coming slower than I would like. Thanks to everyone who keeps visiting the site even after the Nintendogs story dropped off Slashdot and Kotaku. 🙂 Vistech is a brand new show by Halldale that I would classify as ‘Serious Games for the Military’. The military talks are always intriguing because they are […]

Serious Games: A broader definition

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I was hoping to polish off a simple, easy to use definition of serious games. I ran into the following difficulties immediately: A wide spectrum of groups are interested in serious games Each group has a radically different understanding of the term ‘serious games’ The company I work at is in somewhat of a unique position. We’ve been working on game technology for the past 10 years and have been successfully selling solutions into businesses […]