Burrell and Elliott from Riot in their panel on empowering players for good showed that you don’t have to limit yourself to in-game actions. Riot’s IP alone had a lot of power to help, which Szantner of MMOS would support, as his company’s first foray into citizen science specifically targeted pre-existing games as a prime method of getting the public’s help. For example, to find out what social causes Riot’s players would support, Riot held focus groups that used a “design a hero” task to break the ice and get people talking. Around the office, just trying to straight talk was uncomfortable, but by asking people to design potential future heroes for the game based on a simplified version of the United Nations’ Global Goals, people opened up. … [Read more...] about GDC 2018: Games can help humanity, be profitable, and get support from gamers
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3. Gaming is entertainment I admit I didn’t play many video games growing up (I still have my Atari 2600, though, and I totally miss my stolen Super Pong console), likely because we were too poor. I was way more into books and sports — and I still am into those, by the way. I got into tabletop gaming in college (no, D&D is not evil either!), and got into computer games after I left school and had a family. I’ve played games with my kids as they have grown up. When folks I meet in person voice the gaming misconception, I stop and ask them whether they think my family is evil – whether we are maladjusted miscreants doomed to be failures in life. Folks seem genuinely surprised when I point out how involved in gaming we are. Sure we have our issues, but we try to be decent people, serving and loving others, and supporting our church and community. We just happen to also play games in our spare time. Lots of others choose this recreation as well, including … [Read more...] about The Soapbox: Six responses to the ‘gaming is wrong/evil/an addiction’ argument
It’s not true. The very best games are a product of this kind of mentality. It’s easy to lose sight of it, but there are shining examples all over the place. Team Fortress 2 is a game that really looked deeply at other games and culled even the best of those. Team-based shooters used to release with tons of guns and as many maps as they could build. Team Fortress 2 had a bare handful of weapons by comparison and released with only two maps, but those two maps had been extensively play-tested and polished until they shone. … [Read more...] about Playing to Win and Tyrannosauruses (Ugly Truths in Gaming)
From that point on, there was no hope for Project Copernicus. However, the nightmare was only beginning for Schilling and 38 Studios. The studio filed for bankruptcy and its assets were sold off. The $22 million that this move generated was too small to cover the $150 million in debt that 38 Studios owed, and Rhode Island taxpayers were left to foot a $75 million bill. The whole saga stretched over the course of years as a high-profile failure of business and government. But hey, at least it provided one college textbook author an interesting case study to present. … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: Project Copernicus
This makes the game more rewarding for players. There are two possible reasons that these gamers are willing to spend the cash, that they want their game to be as perfect as possible or they want their game to beat everyone elses (eespecially all of their friends!). This is the reason that games, particularly on Facebook, encourage and in a lot of cases force you to be involved in other peoples games and go and have a look at how their game is progressing. This gives the whales the knowledge that their park is better than everyone elses or needs fast improvement so time to get out their wallets again and spend. This gaming personality type can be compared to your avid Blog readers. The ones that come back to your blog every day looking to see what you have done and have joined all of your social groups. Because they are so involved with your blog you may even know many of them by name. They will buy any product that you bring out simply because they trust that you will offer them the … [Read more...] about Blogging Psychology & Gaming Psychology : One and The Same?