Episode 72 – Crowd vs Crowd

Sports Crowds
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!

CES
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 —

Gamifying Sports
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.

Selected show links:

Tiny Tycoons — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tiny-tycoons/id558547777?mt=8&ls=1
Rescue Rush (location-based streets game) — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rescue-rush/id580844711?mt=8
SnapTrack — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SnapTrack
WSJ Online “The ‘Gamification’ of the Office Approaches — http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303819704579316721461148950
3D Printing at CES 2014 — http://www.ibtimes.com/3d-printing-ces-2014-da-vinci-3d-printer-makerbot-3d-systems-highlight-versatility-cheaper-pricing
Google Unveils Smart Contact Lens — http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/16/google-shows-off-smart-contact-lens-that-lets-diabetics-measure-their-glucose-levels/
InAiR — http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2128859975/inair-the-worlds-1st-augmented-television?ref=search
SeeSpace — http://seespace.co
NFL Call the Play — http://www.nfl.com/live/call-the-play
Buzztime Entertainment — http://www.buzztime.com/
Twine — http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/supermechanical/twine-listen-to-your-world-talk-to-the-internet
Raspberry Pi — http://www.raspberrypi.org

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Episode 35 — Pirates of Pizzazz

Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport.  The thrill of choose your own adventure, and the agony of crafting for hour upon hour.  The human drama of gaming competition.  This is Games at Work’s Wide Virtual World of Games.

For the first time in a long while, the co-hosts are all together virtually, while physically in Raleigh, North Carolina, San Francisco, California, and Budapest, Hungary.  Michael M, inspired by an @ibogost tweet, spent 15 minutes (and it shows!) to create the Games at Work Podcast Game using Twine, and walks Michael and Phaedra through one of the branches.  You can play the game yourself!

The team talks about Minecraft — it’s got a crafting part, it’s got a mining part, it’s got a farming part, it’s got an electrical engineering part and oh, so much more.  With the generation playing Minecraft and other such building games that are focused on the player’s imagination,  rather than the game designer’s / author’s imagination, Michael R observes that today’s creativity and content will place new demands on the appropriate laws governing the technology.  Phaedra brings up the similarities to Lego, and after the recording was long over, Michael M learned a little more about Youth Digital Studios for app and game design classes for kids in Durham and elsewhere.

Michael R was looking forward to Fred Armisen’s talk on the use of technology and the creative process at Macworld.

Michael R is practicing for his role with Durham Savoyards, celebrating their 50th anniversary with their production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance March 14-17 and 22-24th.

Phaedra is excited about the upcoming East Coast Game Conference April 24-25 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

This episode was brought to you by the letters X,Y, ZZ and Y.  Was one smart dressed, rockin’ recording, this was…

Show links:

Twine — http://gimcrackd.com/etc/src/
Lost Treasures of Infocom — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lost-treasures-of-infocom/id577626745?mt=8
Minecraft — http://minecraft.net
Twitcraft on TWiT — http://mc.twit.tv
Tekkit Minecraft Mod — http://www.technicpack.net/tekkit/
Rube Goldberg — http://www.rubegoldberg.com
Minecraft computer built using Minecraft — http://www.geekosystem.com/minecraft-16-bit-computer/
Minecraft on iOS — https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/minecraft-pocket-edition/id479516143
Eden — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eden-world-builder/id405743220?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2
Lego — http://www.lego.com/
Lego Mindstorm — http://mindstorms.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx
Futurehunting — will.i.am and Brian David Johnson — http://www.macworldiworld.com/special-events/futurehunting/
Macworld/iWorld — http://www.macworldiworld.com
Michael Rowe blog — http://triangleappshow.com/2013/02/final-day-future-visions/
Crazytalk for Mac at the show — http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/
Durham Savoyards — http://www.durhamsavoyards.org
East Coast Gamers Conference — http://www.ecgconf.com

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