Episode 133 – Game Brains was recorded on Friday, the 18th of February 2016.
Does playing video games make you smarter? Michael and Michael answer this question with a resounding “maybe”, as they go through a tour of several interesting links, from Google’s DeepMind computer playing Go, to Volvos starting up without keys, to toys that think and 3D printing going back to 1964 with plastigoop.
The Michael’s get back to together to talk about gaming getting up in the morning, 3d Touch based trivia, and spending a wonderful Saturday role playing at the library with the team from Bully Pulpit Games.
The Michaels have had a great time herding cats lately and decide to play a game with it. As the summer ends, and people come back from vacation, we are all herding a bunch of cats to get projects done before the next holiday season. In the meantime, decides to herd the sun with project Sun Roof, which helps you understand the efficiency of your roof for the deployment of solar panels. Michael R talks about a local offering around leasing solar panels, and his frustration with not being on solar power already. We then focus on green water. No, not green eggs and ham type green water, but highly efficient shower heads. Finally, Michael M talks about carrying the world on his wrist with the new Minecraft Gameband.
This week’s show had some major audio difficulties, so we won’t be posting an edit. However we did talk about Leonard Nimoy’s passing, Google AI that learns and plays computer games, cool innovations in automotive with Elio Motors, the Golden Age of podcasting, and Michael M’s latest game he’s playing Alto’s Adventure.
Episode 98 – Something Sweet in Your Neighborhood:
Phaedra and Michael M take you on a fast introduction on the latest Alternate Reality game called Endgame launched this week by author James Frey in conjunction with Google’s Niantic Labs, spin through some thoughts about brand interaction using the example of Krispy Kreme’s marketing game tie in to the 30th Anniversary of the Ghostbusters movie and ending with some tasty teasers for the upcoming Serious Games Showcase and Challenge, where you can see Phaedra as one of the judges this December at the Orlando event.
Phaedra, Sandy, Michael and Michael are all on deck for this podcast to discuss location based games, review Michael R’s experiences from CES, brainstorm gamifying sports, and much much more. Tune in for some serious discussion on serious games.
Location, Location, Location
Michael M kicks things off to follow on from last week’s blog post on The Tap Labs’ game Tiny Tycoons. Things get really location specific as Sandy suggests that there should be an emerging new game along the lines of SnapChat called SnapTrack, where location information is shared with friends, but only for a limited time. Given that the last entity to have that name was sold for (wait for it) one billion dollars, there could quite well be something to it!
Michael R gives a terrific flyover from his experience at the Consumer Electronics Show, summing things up by saying “the Internet of Things is real. Software and integration is real, and 3D printing is now entering mainstream.” A shoutout to Ian “epredator” Hughes for his early thinking in this area. Exciting developments in robotics, contact lenses (spiders are next, I’m sure) and augmented/interactive television give the team plenty to explore. Michael R had a chance to meet with the SeeSpace team to discuss the InAiR innovation while he was in Las Vegas, and that interview is here:
And for some CES robotics fun —
Phaedra was eager to think about the gamification of sports during this championship season and to kick around other ways of engaging sports fans beyond Fantasy Football. The team discusses players predicting plays (and during the show editing, came across an NFL game exactly in this vein), sports trivia and user interface means of overlaying information on top of the existing game in action via the InAir concept discussed in the CES section. An idea about engaging individuals to play the sport while the sport is played live, using the same players, the same data and analytics is kicked around, and the comparison of player vs player, team vs team and crowd vs crowd is served up.
Episode 71, Grinding at Work was recorded Friday the 3rd of January 2014 — Happy New Year!
Phaedra, Michael and Michael start the new year off with a bang, sharing the games that they’ve been playing over the holidays, discussing the Virtuix Omni 360 degree treadmill device, and exploring how grinding gaming experiences may lend themselves to improved customer and employee engagement. A very interesting gamification idea emerges for how Kinect-like devices could provide biofeedback to call center employees to help them stay “in the zone” and be as effective as possible. Have a listen!
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
Michael, Michael, and Phaedra get back together for an exciting show all about the latest games related to Google Glass, and while we are at it we talk about the incredible Google IO Keynote and Larry Page’s triumphant return to the stage. Google comes out swinging at this year’s Google IO conference, talking about openness, games, education, and it’s all available on Google Island. If you’ve not seen it, watch it here:
After talking about 3D printing the other week, we discover even more craziness with a high capacity assault weapons now available from your nearest 3D Printer, and While we talk about all this Googlely fun, we also play a bit of GeoGuessing.