Uber announces their new credit card profiles, giving business users a reason to rejoice. An open source project tries to convert Civilizations to a budgeting game. And the Michael’s try their hands at a slow strategy game. All this and more are on this week’s episode of GamesAtWork.Biz!
The Michael’s look at some cool games we’ve found this week… CodinGames gets a big investment to help you learn how to program in many different languages. Plant Nanny helps you keep track how much water you are drinking. A new fingernail printer hopes to get more young girls interested in coding and the maker movement. And finally the MST3K team is back with a kickstarter to create new episodes.
This week Michael R. is really excited to have long time friend and friend of the show Ian Hughes on the show. We talk about his new book “Reconfigure” – A techno-thriller about Roisin Kincade, a talented full stack programmer, who enters a brave new world after accidentally tweeting out a command… and the Twitterverse responds! This is a very fast paced read that addresses many of the thoughts and concepts we talk about here at Games At Work… And we’d love to hear your thoughts about it. Also, don’t forget to follow Ian on twitter at @epredator
with the new AppleTV released on Friday, one of the most exciting games I was looking forward to playing was multiplayer Crossy Road, partially because of my memory of playing competitive Mario Brothers on the Apple ][ and partially because my kids just love playing the game and unlocking new characters. It was with great anticipation for my kids to get the AppleTV set up — which was very easy to do with the iPhone, as was the installation of the app from the AppleTV store. What proved to be more challenging was getting the iOS device to be recognized by the AppleTV for the second player to control their Crossy Road character. Looking on the web for help, there were some good articles, such as the one from iMore, however there was one important tip that the Crossy Road app itself pointed out, but in our zeal to play, we had ignored.
in order for the AppleTV to recognize the iOS device, they both need to be on the same WiFi network. in our home setup, I have the AppleTV hardwired with an ethernet connection to the router so as to help with bringing down movies in the absolute fastest possible way, and because the AppleTV was smart enough to recognize the ethernet wire, it did not enable a wireless connection. Then, once we had rebooted the AppleTV on WiFi, restarted Crossy Road and selected two player, the iOS device was recognized, and as they say, hilarity ensued. the kids proceeded to play, pushing one another’s characters into oncoming trucks and the water, giggling and laughing.
Michael and Michael are back again to talk about some cool gaming tech which is being put to work. We talk about creating new worlds with procedures.. We talk about taking a very old idea and adding a new UI to it.. and we go back to star stuff with Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Michael M. and Phaedra B. have an exciting show about interruptions, and the cost of those interruptions. We learn that there are many different ways of trying to manage this world of constant interrupts. What about a constant interruption to remind you to change your behavior and improve your blood pressure?
What is your best way of dealing with interruption? Is there an optimal time to interrupt bad behavior?
Phaedra and Michael M start off the show with a discussion about Phaedra’s experience at the SimTecT conference in Adelaide, Australia. Phaedra reflected on an interesting question posed to her while at the conference — how motivational design could be used to extract someone from an indoctrinated, calcified way of thinking. Motivational design leads to humanitarian design and then on to persuasive design, not just for simulation content, but also for how the experience is created and tailored for the user to know when and how to interrupt their flow for maximum benefit and impact.
As you pass through the rabbit hole, and into the game, you learn something new.
The Michael’s spend the morning at BeanTraders Coffee talking about this week’s interesting stories around gaming technology and play…We also throw in a few other stories we found while surfing the interwebs. What do you think about a fitness tracker in your glasses? What about pointed ears? How about short – little cars?
Michael M. then gets us up to speed on the idea of Pop-Up Chorus, and shares his most recent event singing some They Might be Giants. If you are local you can join him at MotorCo in Durham to sing some Cure and ABBA songs. While you are there, if you bring your laptop – don’t forget to bring you Laptop Butler!
We end up having fun talking about watching Let’s Bowl and Strip Mall. So drop us a note, comment, or rating about your favorite show, game or technology, we’d love to hear from you.
The Michaels have had a great time herding cats lately and decide to play a game with it. As the summer ends, and people come back from vacation, we are all herding a bunch of cats to get projects done before the next holiday season. In the meantime, decides to herd the sun with project Sun Roof, which helps you understand the efficiency of your roof for the deployment of solar panels. Michael R talks about a local offering around leasing solar panels, and his frustration with not being on solar power already. We then focus on green water. No, not green eggs and ham type green water, but highly efficient shower heads. Finally, Michael M talks about carrying the world on his wrist with the new Minecraft Gameband.