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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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e10 – d20 for critical insight – repost

We got our first listener tweet from @billsweeney on the gamification of hiring, and we ask can a game really help you get a job? Maybe not, but they can help employers learn a better understanding how well you fit with the culture of the company. We also look at how the social app Highlight can help recruiters and recruits connect up better. Can you gamify programming? We think so! So fire up your podcatcher – and come list to this episode.

Games we talk about this week – Not work related:
Hexen II
Diablo 2
Diablo 3
You Don’t Know Jack

Don’t forget about all the ways to reach out to us:
Forums
Facebook
Google+

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You can now find us on Stitcher

Just a quick note to everyone… One of our listeners suggested we try to get on Stitcher as a means for distributing the show, and low and behold! I can now announce that GamesAtWork dot Biz is now available on Stitcher radio! If you’ve not used Stitcher before, you can sample us on their website, or you can download the Stitcher app on your favorite mobile platform. So let us know what you think and thanks for following checking us out.

Here you can see it!!

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Episode 9 – Reality is Broken

Michael and Michael get back together for another exciting episode. This episode we start our periodic review and analysis of the book “Reality is Broken” by Jane McGonigal, PhD. We focus on the first three chapters this episode in order to get us all a good foundation of why we play games, and what value you can get out of them.

We learn that most senior executives are actually playing games at work almost every day! Check it out –

From the book - Reality is Broken

Tell your boss you are emulating your Senior Executives

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We also talk about two really cool examples of music, learning and fun:
Bobby McFerrin – World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale
Ben Zander – “Ode to Joy”

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Episode 8 – GameStorming

Michael and Andy talk with James Macanufo – one of the authors of the book “Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers” (along with Dave Gray and Sunni Brown). They guys take the conversation from games, to vodka, to the “new” iPad, and finally to remote collaboration techniques. A must listen to show!

Links:
Vodka
Go-Gamestorm Site
Doodler, unite!
Earth destroyed?

Follow James at @macgeo
and don’t forget to tweet with the hashtag #gamestorming

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Episode 0007 – “Companification”

Michael and Michael do a quick show on Siri and how digital companions are changing the way we work and play. We think thru leveling up your digital assistant so that it can be more helpful. Michael M also goes off on tangent talking about Hog Days. While Michael R. racks his brain trying to remember a recent game that included a dog companion – Fable II

Wow has it been 4 years since it’s release? We also talk about the mobile App – Highlight.

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