What is Gamification?

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on March 17, 2014
What is Gamification?

Gamers are known to be particularly motivated people who practice self-discipline, learn well on their own, and find endless reserves of motivation, even when it involves repetitive tasks.  It’s a natural extension to watch gamers and think, ‘How can we leverage what is great about games in order to encourage people to do necessary or …Read more

Careers in the Game Industry – 2014 and Beyond

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on March 5, 2014
Careers in the Game Industry – 2014 and Beyond

If you’re into games to any degree, then a career in the games industry might be for you.  In this article we will look at the roles available in the game industry, as well as some of the skills you might consider developing if one of these career paths is of interest to you.  If …Read more

A Gamer’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on February 14, 2014
A Gamer’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day upon us it’s a good time to think about how to show your love for any special gamer in your life.  Games and play are a great way to ratchet up the romance in any relationship, and your gamer valentine will be grateful that you are so thoughtful in the process. To …Read more

What’s So Serious About ‘Serious’ Games?

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on January 22, 2014
What’s So Serious About ‘Serious’ Games?

‘Serious’ games are a genre of educational games that focus on creating unique learning contexts for difficult subjects. In this article I will explore the premise for serious games as tools for learning, and highlight some of the most exciting projects out there. What is Learning? It is obvious that we expect the outcome of …Read more

2014 Global Gaming Stats: Who’s Playing What, and Why?

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on January 16, 2014
2014 Global Gaming Stats: Who’s Playing What, and Why?

In this follow-up to Conor Murphy’s 2012 article Stereotype-defying Gaming Statistics, we’ll look at the global gaming landscape and highlight some of the shifting trends that will affect how 2014 shapes up in terms of games. The Top 10 Gaming Trends 1. Women are playing more and more games, and so is the older generation …Read more

Raising a Gamer Kid

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on January 7, 2014
Raising a Gamer Kid

If you’re a parent you’ll understand that some of our little ones are simply crazy for video games and any technology that stimulates their agile, digitally-wired minds.  You may find it hard to get them to read books (old technology in their minds), and you may struggle with guilt about letting them indulge their passions.  …Read more

Ten Ways We Learn From Games

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on January 2, 2014
Ten Ways We Learn From Games

One of the things that has most amazed me about studying gamers is just how fertile their learning skills are. The gamer generation has developed a range of skills that result from gameplay. From hard skills (hand-eye coordination, scientific thinking, problem-solving) to soft ones (collaboration, teamwork, leadership), games are solid ground for developing a range …Read more

Games-inspired Holiday Baking

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on December 30, 2013
Games-inspired Holiday Baking

Baked goods are a creative staple of gaming fan cultures, and excellent inspiration if you are hoping to improve your baking skills.  You can bake from scratch, or use pre-packaged mixes and frostings.  You can even buy complete cake kits with decorations, like this Moshi Monsters kit available on eBay. Baking Basics Equipment You may …Read more

Holiday Gamer Gift Guide

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on December 17, 2013
Holiday Gamer Gift Guide

The great thing about the holidays in 2013 is that there are now more options available than ever before, with new ones on the way all the time.  There are recent announcements about some great new technology, for instance, like a whole new crop of smart watches and other devices. I’ve done some of the …Read more

Gamer DIY and Real Life Crafting

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on December 3, 2013
Gamer DIY and Real Life Crafting

One of the things I love most about gamers is how incredibly creative so many of them are. In this article we’ll explore the worlds of Gamer DIY and crafting and offer step-by-step tutorials for creating your own gamer art, crafts, baked goods, case mods, fashions, and decor.  One of the things I’ve discovered about …Read more

Hope You Had a Playful Thanksgiving!

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on November 28, 2013
Hope You Had a Playful Thanksgiving!

We game lovers have to stop and pause a few minutes to think about the best possible ways to spend Thanksgiving with play and fun on our minds. Sometimes our interests run a bit contrary to the mainstream, so it could be that an after dinner football game isn’t going to do it for us …Read more

Learning to Draw Game Characters

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on November 26, 2013
Learning to Draw Game Characters

Great characters are fundamental to just about every type of media, and games take the options to entirely new levels.  If you’re an aspiring game artist, or artist of any variety, learning to draw characters is a great set of skills to develop. I’m an artist, but I don’t really know much about drawing, so …Read more