Happy Thanksgiving to our US Listeners

Hi, host and co-founder Michael Rowe here, just a quick post to our listeners to explain our up coming two week absence. As you may know, we are all overloaded in our day jobs, to the point that getting all of four of us in a show this year has been near impossible. So given that we have year end work pressures and an opportunity to take some time off this week to be with friends and family, we have decided to take a quick break.

We look forward, to your tweets, emails and comments on the site, to come back charged with more great shows!

In the mean time, while you are enjoying feasts with families, check out this app that co-founder Michael Martine found: Dungeon Runner: Fitness Quest

Episode 101 – Oh Canada, Doh!

We begin this post with a little levity based on the South Park idea that Freemium games were created by the Canadian devil (apologies to our neighbors to the north).

The Michaels go deep on last week’s episode about Freemium games. We also begin an experiment to remove all freemium games from our lives. Are we addicted to these games? Can they be used for good? We look at how to potentially leverage this approach of Freemium games to improving work processes. Tell us what you think. What would you use “premium’ currency for to not have to deal with at work?

Show Links:
Episode 100

What Games are you no longer playing:
Simpson’s Tapped Out
Clash of Clans
Family Guy – The Quest for Stuff
Tiny Towers
Disco Zoo
Dots
Two Dots
Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Holiday Edition
Zen Studio’s Pinball Games
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Draw Something
8 Bit Ninja
Chuzzle

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Episode 100 – Malaria-Ebola and Freemium Games


Our 100th episode is extremely special with us all in one room and with two special guests Jonathan Estes and Porter Stowell. Jonathan is the CEO of Smart Games Systems, Inc. SGSYS has been working in subsaharan Africa on games for infant mortality and malaria vectors. The transfer of habits from games to real life can truly be a question of survival around health and safety concerns. Exploring these themes we enjoy an amazing conversation about playing games at work! We discuss how games are being used to extend beyond simulation to real engagement of individuals with replayability and increased effectiveness over time.

Showlinks:
SouthPark avatar creator
Smart Game Systems
Insecticide Resistance Video about digital game
Smart Green Heroes Kickstarter – Preview
Chocolate Sauce and Ebola
Zork
Encase Portable Raspberry Pi Gaming Console
Raspberry Pi Keyboard
Ebola and the Walking Dead
Model UN
Doomsday Clock
Car TalkTom Magliozzi – RIP
Sparx
Let The Games Begin! Game Theory Nov. 13th

What we are playing:
Jonathan – Terra Mystica
Phaedra – Way Too Many, currently judging the serious games challenge
Michael R. – World of Warcraft – Live Blog
Michael M. – Sousaphone Hero
Porter – Bomberman with Time Manipulation

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Episode 99 – Free Beer Tomorrow


We celebrate episode 99 with three co-hosts talking about some really cool serious games. An episode so good it is SCAREY!!! Our games cover the gambit of history, geometry, leadership, and DNA. We begin with a game targeting high school students and let them understand what it was like to be a Czech citizen during some very turbulent times. The art style is very film noir. We spend some time on Chocolate Covered Broccoli, and commit a few Word Crimes. We also go back to the idea of, is it right to secretly teach things? Does it have to be a hidden when you teach kids things? Can you teach fluid dynamics with games?

While not quite a review episode, Phaedra takes us through a series of shot outs to a crop of cool, serious, games which are coming down the pipe!

As we come up on Episode 100 next, we want your feedback and ideas, hints, tips, and thoughts!!

Show Links:
Silent Hill 2
Czechoslovakia 38-89
The Prague Spring
Charles University – Prague
DragonBox Elements
The Secret to Chocolate covered Broccoli
Word Crimes Video by Weird Al
Triad Interactive Media’s – Far-Plane
Nanocrafter
Pee Monkey – Toilet TrainerVideo
Netflix and Chaos Monkey
Emotiv
Episode 29 – Simon Says
Spider Pig Video

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Episode 98 – Something Sweet in Your Neighborhood

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Episode 98 – Something Sweet in Your Neighborhood:

Phaedra and Michael M take you on a fast introduction on the latest Alternate Reality game called Endgame launched this week by author James Frey in conjunction with Google’s Niantic Labs, spin through some thoughts about brand interaction using the example of Krispy Kreme’s marketing game tie in to the 30th Anniversary of the Ghostbusters movie and ending with some tasty teasers for the upcoming Serious Games Showcase and Challenge, where you can see Phaedra as one of the judges this December at the Orlando event.

Capture the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!       Eat the Slimer Doughnut

Selected links
Endgame — http://endgameancienttruth.com
Niantic labs — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niantic_Labs
Ingress — https://www.ingress.com

Krispy Kreme / Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary partnership — http://variety.com/2014/film/news/krispy-kreme-ghostbusters-donuts-1201306918/

Krispy Kreme / Cheerwine partnership — http://uncpressblog.com/2012/08/14/north-carolina-icons-cheerwine-krispy-kreme/

Serious Games Showcase & Challenge — http://sgschallenge.com/wordpress/

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Episode 97 – The Laws of Online World Design

Michael and Michael are back this week to talk about how the rules of game design from Raph Koster could be used in order to improve the engagement factor of serious games within a business setting. Are you an explorer, a quester, or a crafter? Do you like to uncover new things? Do you like to understand and follow processes? Do you like to create things? Is this just logical market segmentation, or can you progress a gamificiation platform that progresses from the explorer to the quester to the crafter? Michael R. mentions the hackathon he is working on and how he discovered a new gamification service being made available on the IBM Bluemix platform.

The Michael’s are suggesting that we are planning a local board game night in the Research Triangle Park area

Origin of Friday
* The Goddess Freya
* Fry from Futurama
NC State Fair
State Fair Fried Food
Raph Koster’s Laws
Star Wars Galaxies
NSFW – Quest for Fun
Bluemix.net
Gamification Services
Neuroshima Hex
WoW’s latest collectable Pet
The Big Squish
Phantasm

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Episode 96 – The Professional Line Sitter

The Michael’s are back with a bit gamification for travel, we try and take a different approach then our prior episodes were we talked about how the Airline Industry was gaming boarding, and see if we can setup an on-line auction for improving your seating on the plane. Perhaps we can get a bit of advice from Zaboo and his seat saving network idea (see “The Guild” season 5). How can you make this game work for both the passenger and the airlines? When at restaurants can we figure out a way to swap locations in line? Can the Restaurant get in on the action? We have a few ideas!

We then look at geolocation data, and it may allow a group of travelers, can find new and exciting things to do when in a new location. There are a few new apps in this space to mention on the show.

We then take a deeper look at Kano – A kickstarter project that is now available for regular purchase. It helps gets get started with programming by teaching them python game programming using a very cool Raspberry PI setup. Thank you @epredator for the great blog post.

Show Links:
Prior Travel Gamification Episodes:
Episode 5 – Draw Some Money
Episode 56 – The Shame Game
Episode 65 – Planes, Games, and Automobiles

Other Show Links:
Kano Coding for Kids of All Ages
Kano
One Laptop Per Child
Raspberry PI
Handy keyboard of Raspberry PI

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Episode 95 – Internet of Noobs

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Another exciting episode!!! With the Michael M. and Michael R. as we think thru two interesting games. The first being a new website to proposes to teach you how to program in Python using game mechanics… and then second is a bit of brain storming around the kid (or cat) wrangling game using connected devices and sensors! Do you think that game is worth it? What are the right incentives? Would it have the desired outcomes? Can you help improve our game? If so, drop us a comment down below, or tweet to us at @GamesAtWork_Biz .

Show Links:
Python Programming Game
Shameless Demo Plug – Raleigh Internet of Things Meetup
IoT Demo Post
Episode 12 – We’re Going Old School
Apple’s Swift Programming Langauge
DuoLingo
ePredator’s latest blog post- A Must Read
Tons of KickStarters with Sensors
ITS World Congress
Audi’s self parking car

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Is change in the air?

We have another week without a show. While each of us is sad to say this, we also are working to improve the show. Now that all four co-hosts are all in the same timezone and three out of four are actually within a 30 mile diameter. What do you think of a video podcast? We’ve been dealing with setting up a video channel on YouTube, but have not had much success to date on Google Hangouts.

Let us know what you think, and what would make Games At Work dot Biz more valuable to you. Thank you for all your support to date.

Episode 94 – IBM Design Thinking Game

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Michael and Michael welcome Sean Pizel to the show to talk about the game he designed to help IBM employees and executives learn about IBM Design Thinking. Sean is a designer at IBM and designed game “Wild Ducks”. The game specifically encourages much of the concepts behind Design Thinking to be used in order to improve likelihood that you will delivery a successful and profitable software solution.

Show Links:
IBM Design
History of Wild Ducks
How to stuff a wild duck – poster
You Don’t Know Jack
PowerGrid
Neuroshima Hex
Archon
Zen Pinball
Warlords of Draenor – Beta
Robin Williams in Wow

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