Episode 18 – Don’t Kill Your Pigs

The Michaels welcome our new co-host Phaedra Boinodiris. Phaedra just returned from the Serious Play Conference and provides us some insights in to the state of Play at work. We then discuss a listener recommended post on the “Six”, count them “SIX” reasons why gamification will rule the world! Okay, by now we are all sick of that term, but it seems to be sticking and we have to talk about it. Listen to Michael rip apart the post. Thank you to our listener for providing this link! And finally we discuss fantasy leagues and what value they provide. So sit back, pour a nice cup of coffee and let us know what you think! (We apologize for some of the audio difficulties we had this week and are working to improve this in future episodes).

Links:
Serious Play ConferenceM
Phaedra’s presentation
Time Magazine and Gamification
CDC Zombie Apocalypse
Small Ball
Gamification and HypeCurve

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Episode 17 – Things are weirder than expected

Michael and Michael welcome a special guest this week – Dr. Ian Bogost“. Many of our listeners will know Ian from his work – Cow Clicker. We have a deep discussion on how games do and do not change the world, while focusing on the essence of games – seriously! Even though we have a few audio problems this week, it doesn’t stop Michael from talking about pranking!

Links we discuss:
Privates
From Cronkite to Colbert
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Cow Clicker
DrawSomething

Ian’s Books Mentioned during the show:
How to do things with Video Games
Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing (Posthumanities)
Persuasive Games

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Episode 16 – Going Mobile

Michael and Michael promise not to dance or sing, but instead to talk about a great post found via Michael R’s RSS feeds which he spends way too much time on. Techcrunch announced back on August 1st about Mango Health, which gamifies people keeping up with taking their medications. Currently being invested in by Mark Pincus from Zynga, and Keith Rabios COO of Square, which just announced a big deal Starbucks for mobile payments. Michael R. then provides a little shameless cross-self promotion of TriangleAppShow, and tons of Podcasts about Mobile. App called Dromo – monitor’s your Drobo. We also hit a few of Michael R’s favorite apps including Meal Snap, Chirp and Plague.

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Episode 15 – A Short Interlude

In this week’s episode, Michael R. gets caught up on a few thoughts and discusses some upcoming activities for the Games At Work dot Biz team. He also rambles on a bit about a few books he recently finished …

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Episode 14 – Games for Cats

Episode 14 – Games for Cats

The Michael’s find a great how to guide on designing games for cats. How is this relevant for business… Well it’s Friday, it’s Hot, and it’s possibly even the end of the world! So come listen and find out!

Link:
5 Tips for Making Video Games Your Cat Wants to Play
End of the world tweet!

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Episode 13 – Programming for the Brain

Michael M. and special guest Phaedra Boinodiris make a few book recommendations to help program your brain on using gaming for business, while Michael R is off this week. Phaedra also announces that she is writing a book and is currently working on the chapter about Ethics in Serious Games, so be on the look out for it.

Recommended books
Reality is Broken
Ender’s Game – by Orson Scott Card
Persuasive Games – by Ian Bogost and from wired magazine Cow Clicker
The Eight – by Katherine Neville
On Fairy Stories – by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Episode 12 – We’re going Old School

We are kicking it Old School with a visit to Code School! After a reading a few tweets and emails we have an exciting developer focus episode this week. We talk about how you can Level-Up your skills, how you can leverage your guild over at stack overflow, and then wrap it up with a pretty picture of how gaming address your desire for hard but fun activities. So sit back, pour yourself a large red-eye and get ready to code!

Show Links:
Andy PiperGame Visualization
Tweet from James Governor at RedMonk
Mobile Development Class
Envy Labs
Gaming Developer Support
Khan Academy

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Episode 11 – Mowing the Lawn

Michael M. has a phrase that when someone nags them it is like reminding someone to mow the lawn, over and over again. Well with all the social games that many of us are playing, we are getting social pressure to clear all of our notifications and reminders. We also give the guys over at Zynga a few ideas on how they can make the big bucks!

Show links:
The Hard work of keeping up with social games by Jason Snell
Inbox zero by Merlin Mann

Games we are playing:
DrawSomething
Fruit Ninja!
Chuck Darwin’s ExSquad

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