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by Bill MacKenty
Tue May 21, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Official news and information
Topic: Registration now open
Replies: 0
Views: 151

Registration now open

Hello all,

Registration is now open. I am using an admin approval registration system, so registration is not immediate.
by Bill MacKenty
Sun May 12, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Balance for gamers
Topic: Summer, lightness and Witcher 3
Replies: 0
Views: 171

Summer, lightness and Witcher 3

It's spring as I write this, and I've been outside, enjoying walks in the woods and preparing for some camping trips. The birds singing and the uptick in people walking outside has lifted my spirits from the dark winter. I've also been greatly enjoying the Witcher 3 . The game is one of the best I'v...
by Bill MacKenty
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Official news and information
Topic: Making games presentation
Replies: 0
Views: 600

Making games presentation

I recently had the privilege of presenting at Central and Eastern European School Association (CEESA). My topic was "everyone should be making computer games". The presentation slides I used for this 45 minute presentation are here
by Bill MacKenty
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Play games
Topic: Types of games
Replies: 0
Views: 349

Types of games

From wikipedia: 1 Action 1.1 Platform games 1.2 Shooter games 1.3 Fighting games 1.4 Beat 'em up games 1.5 Stealth game 1.6 Survival games 1.7 Rhythm games 2 Action-adventure 2.1 Survival horror 2.2 Metroidvania 3 Adventure 3.1 Text adventures 3.2 Graphic adventures 3.3 Visual novels 3.4 Interactive...
by Bill MacKenty
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Games and learning
Topic: Learning through play
Replies: 0
Views: 333

Learning through play

Wikipedia has a decent introduction to learning through play. Learning through play is a term used in education and psychology to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the se...
by Bill MacKenty
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Balanced gaming for parents of younger children (aged 0 to 10)
Topic: American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement
Replies: 0
Views: 335

American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement

The report below, titled Media and Young Minds is the official policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. From the abstract: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are now growing up in environments abstract saturated with a variety of traditional and new technologies, which they are ado...
by Bill MacKenty
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: What motivates gamers?
Replies: 0
Views: 338

What motivates gamers?

One of the big ideas in balanced gaming is understanding why we play games. I was initially exposed to gamer motivations from Richard Bartle and then later to Nick Yee's Quantic Foundry I think this chart below, used from quantic foundry, really summarizes the different motivations very well: Screen...
by Bill MacKenty
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Students: how can I support my teachers to use games?
Topic: list-o-research in games of education
Replies: 0
Views: 380

list-o-research in games of education

I hate link rot. I had all these great games in education research links, and now 90% are defunct. Whenever I can, I upload the PDF’s directly to my server so the information can be easily found. I’m now re-writing my research in games in education list. Everything will be stored locally - with link...
by Bill MacKenty
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Games and learning
Topic: Defining games
Replies: 0
Views: 241

Defining games

From a wonderful email asking to define serious games, comes this answer: To the layperson, a game is a game is a game. However to those of us in educational technology (and those of us passionate about games in education) the difference between Math Rabbit and Spore are gargantuan. To define those ...
by Bill MacKenty
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Students: how can I support my teachers to use games?
Topic: Types of games
Replies: 0
Views: 229

Types of games

I’ve used three different kinds of games in my classroom. The purpose of this blog post is to help teachers understand the differences, similarities, and characteristics of the three types of games. COTS - Commercial, Off the Shelf game. I’ve covered COTS games for a while. COTS games are designed f...