Episode 128 – The Slow Grind

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!

Show Links:
Uber Duber
Civilized Budgets
Chore Wars
Plant Watering
SecurityNow – Episode 534
Auralux – The ultimate slow grind!
Charlie Brown – The Coasters


Episode 127 – Codin’ Games

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.

Show Links:
Codin’ Game
Plant Nanny
Finger Nail printer
MST3K Kickstarter

Games we are playing:
Star Wars Uprising
Shooty Skies

Follow-up Links:
Download AppleTV Screen Saver for your Mac
ePredator’s Reconfigure Book


Episode 126 – Reconfigure

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

Show Links:
The Martian
Terminator Genisys
Amazon’s Physical Book Store


Crossy Road for the new AppleTV

Crossy Roads for AppleTV

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.



Episode 125 – Procedural Worlds

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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.

Show Links:
No Man’s Sky – Amazing Procedural World Game – coming soon!
Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri
Raph Koster’s Laws of World Design
Project SoLu
Google Chromebook
Neil DeGrasse Tyson

What are you playing:
Michael R – Emotiv Insight App – Apple and Android
Michael M – Shooty Skies (from the makers of crossy roads)


Episode 124 – Shuffling Paper

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?

Show Links:
The cost of Interruptions
American Psychological Association – Interruption analysis
Using index cards for task switching
Using Texting to reduce blood pressure
mHeatlh Conference
TextExpander version 5

Games we are playing
Phaedra – Up to eyeballs in Medical Minecraft
Michael M – Star Wars Uprising


Episode 123 – Virtual Star Wars

The Michael’s decide to have a bit of fun looking at Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Star Wars. How could you go wrong? Listen to this week’s show to find out.

Show Links
Landing Elon Musk’s Rocket
Why Build a Virtual World
Pluto Atmosphere
Rock Powered Kicks – EA supports Women in FIFA 2016 Game
Third life?
Virtual Michael
Star Wars Uprising
Goodbye Lenin
No longer available – Peace App


Episode 122 – Motivational Design


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.

We hope you enjoy this episode!

Selected links

SimTecT conferencehttp://www.simtect.com.au
SimTecT speakers, with Phaedra on the top rowhttp://simtect.com.au/speakers
Phaedra’s Master Class on Gamificationhttp://simtect.com.au/master-class–phaedra-boinodiris-
Coleco Head to Head Footballhttp://www.ebay.com/sch/items/?_nkw=coleco+football&_sacat=&_ex_kw=&_mPrRngCbx=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_sop=12&_fpos=&_fspt=1&_sadis=&LH_CAds=&rmvSB=true 
Switchpoint conference in Saxapahaw, NChttp://event.switchpointideas.com
Pokemon Go — http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-go/


Episode 121 – Coffee and Podcast

Our Crazy Co-Hosts at Bean Traders

Our Crazy Co-Hosts at Bean Traders

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.

Show Links
Insurance Glasses
Solar Powered Glasses
For the Love of Spock
The new Mercedes Smart Car
More Google Car Granny Stories
Pop-Up Chorus
Motor Co Music Hall
Laptop Butler
Let’s Bowl
Downtown Julie Brown

Michael R getting ready to record the show

Michael R getting ready to record the show


Episode 120 – Herding Cats

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.

Show Links
Herding Cats
Shower with less Water
Project Sunroof
Minecraft Gameband

What we are playing
Angry Birds 2
Lego Star Wars – The complete saga
Swarm adds Coins