Computer games aren’t just for fun anymore — they’re also valuable research tools. Scientists are taking complex problems — like trying to figure out how proteins fold and how neural networks work — and turning them into engaging games. And they need your help.
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An estimated one out of every three Japanese are signed up to play games on their cell phones, helping to grow a mobile gaming juggernaut that’s currently dominated by a few Japanese startups. Now, those same startups are eyeing a new playing field â the U.S.
Aleks Krotoski examines how computer gaming is affecting our culture – by creating genuine works of art, by altering our notions of storytelling, and by simple virtue of being the cultural medium many people spend most time attached to.
Computer or videogames have been around for 40 years, but the wider cultural implications have tended to be glossed over in favour of discussion of the size of the gaming economy and concerns about games’ social impact.
Yet in recent years the artfulness of games has grown so much that the Smithsonian in Washington DC is now hosting a major exhibition of gaming art.
New technology and the spread of games to phones, tablets and PCs are creating millions of new users.
The immersive possibilities of this uniquely-interactive medium are just being explored.
Shift Run Stop is a free comedy podcast full to the brim with games, geeks and special guests.
Share our pleasure chatting about magic, coincidences and games with the fascinating Dave Gorman, then feel our pain as a tarry soft drink promotes the question: "What IS ‘malt’ anyway?"
Yes, it’s like a trip back in time to the early days of the show, as once again we find ourselves hijacking someone else’s office without asking, scouring the local shop for Drinks Most Likely to Withstand Nuclear Strike, and talking to someone in a room with terrible acoustics, in this all-new yet reassuringly familiar edition of Shift Run Stop.
More women are playing online video games than ever before, but life can be tough for them in this male-dominated world. For Assignment, James Fletcher reports. Strong language throughout.
Ethan Gilsdorf discussed some of the themes of his new book, Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms, a blend of travelogue, pop culture analysis, and memoir as forty-year-old former D&D addict Gilsdorf crisscrosses America, the world, and other worlds—from Boston to Wisconsin, France to New Zealand, and Planet Earth to the realm of Aggramar. He asks: Who are these gamers and fantasy fans? What explains the irresistible appeal of such "escapist" adventures? How do the players balance their escapist urges with the kingdom of adulthood?
Gilsdorf talked about the culture’s discomfort with the geek/nerd/gamer stereotype and looked at society’s ambivalent relationship with gaming and fantasy play, and the origins of that prejudice, as well as the author’s own past misgivings and final acceptance of his "geek" identity.
Why doesn’t the real world work more like a game? In the best-designed games, our human experience is perfectly optimized: we have important work to do, we’re surrounded by potential allies, we get constant useful feedback, and we feel an insatiable curiosity about the world around us. That’s no accident — game developers have spent three decades figuring out how to make us happier, drive more collaboration, and satisfy our hunger for meaning and success. Isn’t it about time we started applying these insights to everything we do online? In this talk, game designer Jane McGonigal explains how to adopt game developer methods and mechanics to transform any networked community, service, experience or environment — in order to re-invent the real world as we know it.
Gamification: why shouldn’t life be a game? - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
There are lots of examples of how games and a sense of play can engage people. But as the barriers between the gaming world and the real world break down, does that mean we can use more aspects of gaming in our everyday lives? The idea of gamification—using game mechanics to make changes in the real world—is growing. But is it possible to turn everything into a game?
The Atlantic Meets The Pacific: Exploring the Future of Gaming and Alternate Realities with Will Wright
Will Wright, creator of the Sims and the Spore, talks about the future of video games and digital learning in this conversation with Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic. This program is part of The Atlantic Meets The Pacific, sponsored by the Atlantic and UC San Diego. Series: "The Atlantic Meets The Pacific".
Zynga, the company behind popular Facebook games such as Farmville and Cityville, is expected to have its initial public offering before the end of the year. Zynga is a phenomenon. More than 200 million people play its games each month. One person who doesn’t feel Zynga’s success is cause for celebration is video game designer Ian Bogost. Bogost thinks Zynga’s games are mindless, designed to suck money out of players’ pockets. To make his point he created a parody game of his own. As On the Media’s P.J. Vogt reports, what Bogost didn’t expect is that his satire would become one of the most popular games he’s ever made.
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