Episode 125 – Procedural Worlds

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil DeGrasse Tyson


Michael and Michael are back again to talk about some cool gaming tech which is being put to work. We talk about creating new worlds with procedures.. We talk about taking a very old idea and adding a new UI to it.. and we go back to star stuff with Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Show Links:
No Man’s Sky – Amazing Procedural World Game – coming soon!
Spore
Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri
Minecraft
Raph Koster’s Laws of World Design
Project SoLu
Google Chromebook
Neil DeGrasse Tyson

What are you playing:
Michael R – Emotiv Insight App – Apple and Android
Michael M – Shooty Skies (from the makers of crossy roads)

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Episode 102 – I’ve got Plastisity

New GamesAtWork.BiZ Recording Studio

New GamesAtWork.BiZ Recording Studio


Phaedra, Michael and Michael get together for a detailed review of the economics of digital games for 2014. We continue to see the transition from Pay to Play to Free to Play games, and discuss how this is changing the game play of many MMOs. We also take issue with a recent report on how Gamificiation is failing health care. The issue is not gamification, but bad design. As more and more people jump into the hype of gamificaiton we are seeing the same patterns as other technologies, where people are trying to just use the term, without understanding the appropriate way of doing this. You can just use “blanket approaches” to gamifiction, you need to identify the correct success metrics, and build your game around ensuring the appropriate behavior and outcomes.

We end the episode with a discussion on how different generations engage with same game. Do you play games with your kids, or parents? Do you enjoy it in the same way? Do you enjoy watching others play games more than playing the game yourself?

Show Links:
Digital Games Year in review
Maple Story
World of Warcraft competes in a freemium world
Lord of the Rings Online goes Free to Play
Star Wars the Old Republic goes Free to Play
Why Gamification is failing in Healthcare
Amazon buys Twitch TV

Games we are playing:
Michael M. – Disco Zoo, Crossy Road, and Game Dev Story
Phaedra – Portal 2, Checkers, Chess, and Words with Strangers
Michael R. – Space Age

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Episode 97 – The Laws of Online World Design

Michael and Michael are back this week to talk about how the rules of game design from Raph Koster could be used in order to improve the engagement factor of serious games within a business setting. Are you an explorer, a quester, or a crafter? Do you like to uncover new things? Do you like to understand and follow processes? Do you like to create things? Is this just logical market segmentation, or can you progress a gamificiation platform that progresses from the explorer to the quester to the crafter? Michael R. mentions the hackathon he is working on and how he discovered a new gamification service being made available on the IBM Bluemix platform.

The Michael’s are suggesting that we are planning a local board game night in the Research Triangle Park area

Origin of Friday
* The Goddess Freya
* Fry from Futurama
NC State Fair
State Fair Fried Food
Raph Koster’s Laws
Star Wars Galaxies
NSFW – Quest for Fun
Bluemix.net
Gamification Services
Neuroshima Hex
WoW’s latest collectable Pet
The Big Squish
Phantasm

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