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 53 – Mad (Wo)Men and MOOCs

Michael M with Coca Cola

Michael M with Coca Cola

 

Phaedra and Michael M talk about reaching people in different ways — through advertising, in game purchases, marketing, and education.  Establishing relationships between organizations and people, whether from a brand to a person, a game to a player, and an instructor to a student are all changing and scaling up.

Phaedra and Michael discuss how that specifications for all courseware should be structured so that anything could be plugged into a MOOC (Massively Open Online Course).  Imagine what could be — mobile, social learning, in-course purchases, power ups, gamification, audio, video, and even more!

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Selected show links

 

SuperAwesome Launches Mobile Ad Network — http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/11/kmn/
womengamers.com — http://womengamers.com
more Hungarian Coca-Cola advertising —

Hungarian Coca-Cola ad

Hungarian Coca-Cola ad

Blackboard founders say Online Education to Put Price Pressure on Traditional Schools — http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/11/blackboard-co-founders-says-online-education-set-to-put-price-pressure-on-traditional-schools/
MOOC — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_Open_Online_Course
Kahn Academy — http://www.khanacademy.org
Office of Science, Technology and Planning – http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp
Goldie Blox — http://www.goldieblox.com
Mad Men TV show – http://www.amctv.com/shows/mad-men

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Things that make you go hmmmm

Budapest Starbucks Finder

Since there will be a delay in producing the audio podcast for this past Friday’s recording with Michael M and Phaedra, I thought I’d share a couple interesting things. This morning, on our way to Visegrád for the annual Palace Games, we stopped at the Deák Ter Starbucks for some caffeinated encouragement. I noticed the chalk sign in the coffee shop and shared it with Foursquare, and remembered the Lewis Black comedy routine where Lewis said that there are places, such as in Houston, where you could walk out of one Starbucks, and see another right across the road. Good news for those visiting Budapest, that there is a map right in the Starbucks to find another Starbucks.

A listener shared a link with us this morning that had me practically spilling my coffee — the “worst video game ever” from the New Yorker.

The fact that this video game would grant one, (yes, you got that right) one point to the player who successfully completed one full, real time equivalent eight hour trip from Tuscon, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada is only the start of the fun. There is nothing to see or do in this game, except to pilot your bus from Arizona to Nevada. No pausing, no breaks, and driving the bus requires constant correction. I’m laughing again just thinking about what this gameplay must be like… A challenge to our listeners for the next show… Give the article a read, and mail/tweet/post to Facebook, G+, Tumblr your suggestions for what kind of business games could be launched given a similar setup.

With some good luck, my hard drive replacement and data restoration will be complete, and the show will be posted by Wednesday. This post was written from my iPad after formatting the newly installed hard drive and kicking off the restore. Maybe there’s a game in this, where I would have to stay up for hours, clicking on ‘ok’ buttons that would time out and require me to restart the whole operation again if I didn’t respond within 30 seconds. While I’m laughing a bit, I’m also concerned, since I do need this hard drive restore to work!

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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Episode 51 – Tea. Bojangles. Hot.

Dan Brown's Inferno

Dan Brown’s Inferno

Phaedra and Michael M riff on a number of topics, ranging from Dan Brown’s most recent book to embeddable computing games.  The premise of Dan Brown’s Inferno, which focuses on the rapidly expanding human population on Earth provides a launchpad for thinking about how games have helped people work through very difficult situations.  Phaedra mentions that the recently discovered 3 super earths could be a solution.

Mobile isn’t just something you can do with your thumb.  While today’s mobile devices are ones that you hold in your hand, as in a smartphone or tablet, it is easy to imagine that the interface and interaction will be via voice, gesture or thought in the near future.  With this in mind, Michael and Phaedra imagine what games might be like in 5 years, when games may take advantage of embeddable and wearable computing.  Phaedra postulates that MMO-style mobile games will be the rage, with people within a certain radius will be flagged as a “level 25 mage” coming up the escalator next to you.  Michael adds that a subdermal computing device may vibrate to alert you to the presence of that character in the game, and Phaedra adds that Google Glass may show that person as the character.  Gazoom!  Laser tag where you use your body to shoot, and you would feel it based on the devices that you are wearing.  Holographic gameboards to play chess in thin air.  People acting out stories, movies, books together in the same space, or in specially designed rooms hundreds of miles away from one another.  The future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades!

We are just delighted to have had you dialed our way.  You can find us on G+, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and much more.  Please friend, tweet, comment or even email us topics you would like to hear us discuss.

Selected show links

Dan Brown’s Inferno — http://www.danbrown.com
Super Earths — http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/06/packed-star-system-may-have-three-habitable-super-earths/
Bojangles — http://www.bojangles.com
In-n-Out Burger — http://www.in-n-out.com
Contact lenses as human augmented computing from DogearNation e119 — http://dogearnation.com/2009/09/06/dogear-nation-episode-119-heebie-jeebies/
Games for Change Conference — http://www.gamesforchange.org
Ian Bogost — http://bogost.com
Interview with Ian on e17 — http://gamesatwork.biz/2012/08/26/episode-17-things-are-weirder-than-expected/

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Podcasts and patents

A few weeks ago, both Michael M and Michael R came across the same content about a challenge to podcasts which could change the way many of us provide and receive our content. In the US there has been a claim that a specific patent from the mid 1990’s is underlying how most podcasts are created and distributed.

The podcast community has been asked to help find prior art to invalidate the patent in question. For more information please check out the following link. Also, if you are a Podcaster, please link to this article and ask your community to help out too.

Episode 50 – Sexy Time

We begin our family show with a bit of risky fun including Oculus Rift going adult with an upcoming VR Adult Game called Wicked Paradise. We reminisce a bit about old school games Leather Goddesses of Phobos and Leisure Suit Larry, and are surprised to learn that an updated to Leisure Suit Larry is just around the corner. After a bit of fun discussion we get serious discuss the latest security test on Wall Street where they are playing War Games on their infrastructure. Can they benefit from something like Chaos Monkey? What if these threats could leverage Adaptive Learning? Can you? Of course you can, check out our discussion of Knewton – the adaptive learning platform. Also, check out our post on Google+ about game based learning.

Links:
Wicked Paradise
Oculus Rift Co-Founder Dies in Police Chase Incident
Leather Goddesses of Phobos
Infocom
Leisure Suit Larry
Wall Street plays Cyber Warfare!
Chaos Monkey
Gamers really do see reality differently!
Adaptive Learning
Behind the scenes of the worst parking ever!
Desert Island Jukebox
Phaedra – Guild Wars 2
Michael R – Mine Craft
Michael M – Guantlet
Breakout!
Punch Out

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Episode 49 – Crowdsourcing & Crowdfunding

Episode 49, Crowdsourcing & Crowdfunding was recorded Friday the 14th of June 2013.

While Michael R is recovering or enjoying (or perhaps even both!) from his 6-shot espresso drinks, Michael M and Phaedra discuss adaptable games, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and much more in this episode of the podcast.  Concepts such as gaming as a service and simulations as a service are explored, as Phaedra and Michael consider how micropayments, donations and volunteerism can speed the delivery of key functionality in games for the education and defense spaces while leveraging marketplaces such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  Waze and Dragon Box surface as some key examples, alongside some tried and true games such as Fold.it, Civilization, Ingress and oh, so much more.

Selected show links
From fantasy to reality: The story of Vugar Huseynzade — http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/bootroom/id/330?cc=5901
Football Manager — http://www.footballmanager.com
The Screen Savers — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0240295/combined
Soda, Pop or Coke — http://web.ncsu.edu/abstract/science/you-say-tomato-i-say-soda-or-is-it-pop/
Civilization — http://civilization6.com
Railroad Tycoon — http://www.2kgames.com/railroads/railroads.html
Eterna — http://eterna.cmu.edu/web/
Fold.it — http://fold.it/portal/
Ingress — http://www.ingress.com
Waze — http://www.waze.com
Noah Falstein — http://www.linkedin.com/in/gamedesignexpert
Internet Response League — http://internet-response-league.com/
Crowdsourced searching for Jim Gray — http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/15-08/ff_jimgray?currentPage=1
Kickstarter — http://www.kickstarter.com
Indiegogo — http://www.indiegogo.com/
Dragon Box Algebra game — http://dragonboxapp.com
Microprose — http://microprose.com
Bean Traders — http://www.beantraderscoffee.com

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A slight delay

Due to unforeseen events Episode 49 will be slightly delayed. Our hope is to post it by Tuesday late night, instead of our normal Sunday time. We apologize to our listeners.