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 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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Episode 000005 – Draw Some Money

In a bit of an out of sequence episode Michael and Michael talk about the investment made by Zynga in OMGPop the makers of Draw Something and what the game of it all may be.  Andy is off traveling the world, and hopefully enjoying a much needed rest from technology (as if).  We continue to ask for your feedback on the format of the show, and future topics.  How about an episode on Mobility and gaming?  Or board games?

Links:

Zynga Buys OMGPop

Is Google Being Evil?

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