The Power of Games

Apparently I’m not the only one who’s had this on my mind lately. The Escapist just published an article entitled Technology Will Turn your Life Into A Game.  It talks in some detail about how game design principles are being applied to corporate marketing.  Examples are given, like the new Starbucks Gold Card, which letsContinue reading “The Power of Games”

Learning the Game of Life

In my last post, I talked about the “magic number”—10,000 hours, the amount of dedicated practice time that it requires to become a master at a certain skill.  I reference the fact that as it stands currently, the average gamer will have 10,000 hours of gaming experience under his belt by age 21.  We areContinue reading “Learning the Game of Life”

Casey Monroe, World-Class Gaming Expert

Some of you may know that in addition to writing this blog, I am also the editor of the Wowhead Blog.  One of our volunteer staffers on Wowhead is a guy named Evgeni Kirilov (known on the site as ArgentSun) who I work with a lot.  He wrote a post two days ago that IContinue reading “Casey Monroe, World-Class Gaming Expert”

Hot Topic #2: Violence in Video Games

So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Modern Warfare 2 has just come out.  In honor of the release of a brand new video game in which people kill eachother with assault weapons, we’ve had the usual celebratory round of news stories about how the violence found in video games isContinue reading “Hot Topic #2: Violence in Video Games”