Learning to Draw Game Environments

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on August 15, 2014
Learning to Draw Game Environments

In a recent post I provided an outline for learning to draw video game characters. In this article I will cover game environments and how to conceptualize and draw them.  Game environments involve a number of different elements, including terrain and landscapes, buildings (houses, factories, etc.) and built elements (bridges, highways, etc.), and any other …Read more

2013 Gamers Survey Results: Demographics, Platforms and Smartphone Use

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on August 1, 2014
2013 Gamers Survey Results: Demographics, Platforms and Smartphone Use

The researchers here at Big Fish created a survey to better understand gamers in the U.S.  We got over 1000 responses, which gave us some powerful insight into the demographics and habits/practices of a large contingent of gamers.  Some of our data is a bit different than other surveys conducted, and that is probably related …Read more

2014 Mobile Gaming Predictions

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on June 23, 2014
2014 Mobile Gaming Predictions

The new year is an excellent time to ponder the future, and mobile devices are one of the most exciting areas of developing technology.  In this article, I take a look at a variety of predictions for 2014 with a focus on the mobile space and what it might mean for mobile gaming.  For one …Read more

How Stories Are Told in Games

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on June 3, 2014
How Stories Are Told in Games

Storytelling has been fundamental to human experience for thousands of years (probably the earliest form of entertainment), and yet, novel methods to tell a great story emerge all the time. From books to radio, television and games, learning how to tell a compelling story in any medium means understanding its unique properties and how to …Read more

New Games That Inspire Learning in Kids

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on May 29, 2014
New Games That Inspire Learning in Kids

We’ve been talking a lot recently about how playing games with kids can be great for family bonding and for identifying and exploiting learning opportunities. Even entertainment games can be excellent starting points for exploration of particular topics, and the educational potential can go well beyond the game itself. In this article we will explore …Read more

The World’s Best Free-to-Play Games

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on May 24, 2014
The World’s Best Free-to-Play Games

The world has really opened up for gamers these past few years.  Free-to-play games offer all the basics for free: you deliver the cash (if needed) once you’re enchanted, when you’ve had the chance to get to know what you’re playing.  A number of online games have shifted to free-to-play models in recent years.  It’s …Read more

Building a Better Brain, One Game at a Time

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on May 19, 2014
Building a Better Brain, One Game at a Time

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to improve your brain’s performance?  If so, playing more games might just be the answer! In a previous article I provided an overview of the types of skills we develop from game play.  In this article I will take it a bit deeper, looking specifically at cognitive development …Read more

Mobilizing Gameplay

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on May 5, 2014
Mobilizing Gameplay

It’s a bit hard for an old school gamer like me to believe that so much gaming now occurs on mobile devices. People are enthusiastically squeezing in their gaming whenever they can (I just hope no one is playing while driving!). Wired Magazine reports that mobile is rapidly overtaking consoles in sales and reach. Seems …Read more

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