About MichaelRowe

Michael Rowe is the co-founder and co-host of GamesAtWork.biz. He maintains the website http://www.michaelrowe01.com, and in his spare time sings with the http://www.durhamsavoyards.org .

No Show this Week

Unfortunately various things have conspired to impact our ability to put out a show this week. But don’t fear, we are working on some cool things to expand the show. In the mean time, we suggest that you grab a nice beverage of your choice and play a few games!! Let us know what you are playing right now, or what games you think would be great for expanding your skills, brand, or reach!

We’ll be back soon!!

Episode 64 – Nimble Games – AKA A tiny show

We do another short show, catching up on Google Glass and the latest game from Nimble BIT Games. Michael M. has decided that 8-bit trains are a great way to understand logistics; while Michael R. enjoys meeting all the google-ites who hung out in Durham last week at the American Tobacco Campus. After last week’s show were we thought how you could use Google Glass for remote learning, Michael R. decides that it is not only possible, but that it makes a lot of sense with how it actually worked. The only disappointment about the Google Event was that he couldn’t give them lots of cash and actually buy a pair! We also talk about our Favorite Co-Host, who is still on vacation – We miss you Phaedra!!

Show Links
Escapist Expo
Google Glass
American Tobacco Campus
Nimble Bits
Disney – Star Wars Rumor

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Episode 63 – The Real Neuromancer

Phaedra is out on a well deserved vacation, and the Michael’s spend time thinking about cyber punk novels and current technology. We fight thru a few audio hiccups, but still come in with some deep thoughts. Hanging out and talking about how William Gibson’s Neuormancer is starting to be a reality with some of today’s tech, including Oculus Rift, Google Glass, and smart phones.

But first we have to ask:

Can you teach yourself Kung Fu with augmented reality?


Are you ready for the Tree house of Horror!!!???!!!

Show Links:
Michael R’s iPhone5s Love
William Gibon’s Neuromancer
Game play based on Neuromancer
Bionic Contact Lenses

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Episode 61 – Future Workplace

Both Michaels listen with rapt attention as Phaedra brings us all up to speed on the Future Workplace 2020 Summit Symposium that she attended this week past week, while teasing two upcoming events: CDC Games for Health and Women Gaming. We then take a quick left turn (that our phones notice due to the new m7 chip) around gaming our health with various sensors and devices. And then spin totally out of control thanks to LinkedIn and it’s game on cheating spouses.

We finally get back on track with a bit of tangible play examples based on the TechCrunch example.

Show Links:
CDC Games for Health Game Jam
Saudi Arabia Female Gaming Convention
Nike
Apple’s M7 Chip and iBeacon
Monktoberfest
Mixing real and virtual gaming
Cheating Spouse Nailed by a game!
Game of Life and on iPhone version

Your Hosts Vizify info:
Phaedra Boinodiris
Michael Martine
Michael Rowe

Links for discussion:
Gaming Talent Management
Gamification is Baloney

Drop us a comment! We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Episode 59 – Productivity and Pleasure

The gang’s all here and we continue our discussion from last week’s ethics episode. Do you believe that we have the right to be told all the usage of data gathered from any game we play? It it our right, even when the game is free? Is there any difference between games and free services such as Gmail or Facebook? Should the data collection be opt in or opt out? How often do you read the emails you get from your favorite games or services, where they may be changing the terms of service? We discuss all of this and more.

Next week’s show will include Ross Smith from Microsoft, so drop us a comment or question for him in the comments below!

Show Links:
Last Week’s Episode
Clerks
Chasing Amy
Pixel People
Movies about Unicorns
Plants Vs. Zombies 2 – It’s About Time
Logic Pro X
CreepyDOL
Black Hat Conference
Getting Pwnd by power chargers

p.s. The hosts of this show do not promote building of death stars or other devices of mass planetary destruction.

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Episode 57 – These Are Not The Hosts You Are Looking For

While our Co-Host Michael Martine is on a bit of a well deserved holiday, Phaedra and Michael R look at wether Carrot is a good example of a social to do app. We also review how social investment may work based on Wired magazine’s work with Kapital, and then we go off on a tangent when Michael R – mis-reads an article. We look forward to our rescheduled interview with Emotiv CEO Tan Le. And, we tee up the idea of ethics and a game’s actual intent – should they be obvious to the player? All this and more – on Games At Work dot Biz!

Show Links:
Emotiv Kick Starter
Stealth Version
Carrot App
The Social Index
When the Title is mis-leading

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Episode 56 – The Shame Game

Do you want to overlay the world or replace it? This is the question that your friendly co-hosts discuss as we learn that Oculus Rift has gotten a new CTO. Do you want to augment your face with constant data and insights? What layer of the world are you watching? Were the Vapors prescient in the their lyrics for “Turning Japanese?

Phaedra then gives us insights in the minds of finding a good sale. Is this the ultimate game for some? How viscerally do you play your savings game? Is it fun to save your business money by playing the compliance game? We have a bit of rant on the value of gaming compliance. What do you think, let us know in the comments below.. Do you play the shame game?

Stay tune for our special guest next week – Emotiv CEO Tan Le! Go support their KickStarter for the Emotiv Insight

Show Links:
twitter has a business model
Halcyon Days – Jason and the Scorchers

John Carmack Joins Oculus as CTO
High Fidelity
Dark Helmet reference
Google Chromecast – that Chrome thingy…

Who’s got time to Play Games

Business Travel is Dying
Gamifying Travel Compliance

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Episode 55 – Do Not Play This Game At Work

Tom Grant, analyst from Forrester Research, joins the show to talk about his new website Serious Games At Work and his love of board games. We look at a listener link on do Games at Work really help productivity. Realizing they are probably asking the wrong question. They should be asking – Should you be playing pirates games at work? If so, who get’s the red stapler?

Seriously, we discuss that the game part has to be more of a periodic entry into the Magic Circle, and not a mandatory daily activity. This allows businesses to achieve effective optimization, while still keeping the game fresh and engaging. Have you thought about refreshing your serious game content to keep your employees or customers engaged?

Show Links:
Serious Games At Work
Twitter
Crusader Kings II
Scourge of War – Gettysburg
Breakaway Games
Avalon Hill
World Boardgame Championships
Homo Ludens
Buy A Feature
Do Games At Work Help Productivity
Microsoft’s Language Quality Game

Obligatory causal reference to Daniel Pink

Monopoly removes jail
The Dinner Party Download
The Rant Episode

Saving Throws:
Emotiv Insight Kickstarter
Jaw Bone Up Team
Hospital Process Game
Serious Games At Work
Endgame Eurasia

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Episode 54 – She Blinded Me, With Science!

Games for Health, Experiments, and Brain Improvements are some of the topics we talk about this week as all three co-hosts are back together. Phaedra tells us all about the discussions of gaming at the Southeast Smarter Healthcare & Life Sciences Summit, which allows Michael R. to reminisce about work he did in healthcare almost 20 years ago. We brainstorm on how electronic medical records could be integrated into simulations, so Doctors could pre-experience a procedure with all the nuances of the patient’s history. Given these simulations, we do a quick diversion to talk about the history of genetics.

After playing a few games to improve our brains, we discuss the value of flash cards… So sit back, and grab your favorite hand held gaming platform and enjoy the show!

Show Links:
Southeast Smarter Healthcare & Life Sciences Summit
Remission 2 -Online Cancer Fighting Video Game
Remission 2 – Play the game here
Wounded Warrior Project
Living forever – from Ted
Labster iOS App
Mendel’s Genetics
Lumosity
Brain Age: Concentration Training for Nintedo 3DS
Anki – Intelligent Flash Cards

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Episode 52 – Swapping your Battery in 90 Seconds

While many people are taking the day off in the U.S. to recover from all the sounds of the fireworks, the Michael’s take the time to check out some new glasses which you can wear via your iPad.

We then look at how a blog post by Ramin Shokrizade over at Gamasutra, where he discusses the tips and tricks that Free to Play game designers use to get money from players. We decide it would be put to much better use if we can take these techniques and use them to help business and employees improve their skills and efficiencies. Can you identify who will use a game for the best outcome verses those who may just be using it to pass time? What about how some games or businesses use progress gates to help self select players. When do you decide not to play any more? We answer all of these questions.

We then look at how Tesla is changing the rules in how long it takes to tank up your electric car! Will this help change the buying behaviors of car shoppers?

Finally, we want to hear about how you think gaming can be used to help more young women and girls become engaged in Engineering and Science. We’ll be talking about it next week on Games At Work dot Biz!

Show Links:
Glasses iPad App
Michael M’s Glasses
Michael R’s Glasses
IBM Virtual Universe Community
Ian Smith on Twitter
The Top F2P Monetization Tricks by – Ramin Shokrizade
Simpsons Tapped Out
Star Wars the Old Republic
Dungeons and Dragons Online
Dan ArielyPredictably Irrational
Under ArmourMichael’s favorite shirt
Lego iOS super heroes!
Southpark – Make Love not Warcraft
Swapping out your Battery in no time!

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