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

Easy last-minute gifts that will save the world (or at least make you feel good)

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on December 21, 2013
Easy last-minute gifts that will save the world (or at least make you feel good)

Zoinks! Less than a week left until Christmas and there’s still holiday shopping to do, huh? Are you allergic to anxious holiday shopping crowds? Don’t want to spend your last paycheck on overnight shipping? Refuse to succumb to consumer overindulgences by buying more clutter for the home? I hear you – most shopping options at …Read more

Does Bad Behavior Cause You to Avoid Online Games?

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on November 19, 2013
Does Bad Behavior Cause You to Avoid Online Games?

A while back Colleen ‘momgamer’ Hannon’s ranted about the ‘hate-filled miasma’ that clouds player vs. player interactions in online role-playing games. And it got me thinking… While I understand her point – maybe people want to be able to engage in a little friendly PvP without being subjected to a continuum of crap that begins …Read more

Imagineering Ouya: The People’s $99 Console

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on November 11, 2013
Imagineering Ouya:  The People’s $99 Console

There is big launch news out concerning a new gaming console that will soon be available for just $99, which is a big difference in price from the $499 and $599 Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles on the horizon. The console is called Ouya and became a media darling a few month’s back when …Read more

Adorable (and Smart!) Baby Gamers

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on October 23, 2013
Adorable (and Smart!) Baby Gamers

Conor Murphy’s recent post on dogs and cats that love iPads got me thinking about babies:  how they play, what they play, how they learn to play, and how their digital play affects their developing view of the world.  These early life forays into digital worlds are more than just examples of funny play by …Read more

Behind The Curtain: Testing MCF Shadow Lake for iOS

Posted by Mac QA Team on October 14, 2013
Behind The Curtain: Testing MCF Shadow Lake for iOS

How do you test a game that you’ve already played approximately 102 times?  This was the challenge for Mac QA when Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake Collector’s Edition was ported to iOS, and they decided to revisit their most beloved game. Leia, Jason and Mark tell the story behind the scenes of their summer with …Read more

Chew on This: Analyzing 200 Dogs & Cats Playing with iPads

Posted by Conor Murphy on October 7, 2013
Chew on This: Analyzing 200 Dogs & Cats Playing with iPads

In the age old battle of dogs vs. cats, the arena has taken many stages: Conquering the corner of the couch. Battling for food dish dominance. And settling sleeping quarters supremacy in deciding which animal ousts their human caregivers from their beds. Now, technology has become a factor in the war between dogs and cats …Read more

Best Games to Play with Your Kids

Posted by Conor Murphy on October 1, 2013
Best Games to Play with Your Kids

When considering new games to play, sometimes the best choices aren’t all that new. In fact, there are likely quite a few hidden treasures to be found that are at least a few years old. We compiled this list of the best games of the last few years to revisit and play with your kids. …Read more

The Future of Hidden Object Games
An Interview with Patrick Wylie, Part 2

Posted by Niels on September 30, 2013
The Future of Hidden Object Games <br /> An Interview with Patrick Wylie, Part 2

We sat down with Patrick Wylie, VP of the Big Fish Studios, makers of the Mystery Case Files series, to talk about the hidden object games genre and how the new formats and platforms like F2P and streaming will impact the genre. How do you see the future of hidden object games with all the …Read more

My Other Self is a Butt-kicking Supermodel

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on September 23, 2013
My Other Self is a Butt-kicking Supermodel

I swear, I need this bumper sticker. It seems like just about every time I get together with female gamer friends, the topic of conversation inevitably (and much to my chagrin) turns to the cuteness of avatars and our frustration with the limited options we are usually given to control their attractiveness. I had a …Read more

Virtual Worlds to Explore & Play With Your Kids

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on September 17, 2013
Virtual Worlds to Explore & Play With Your Kids

My kid is a ten year old girl gamer who readily keeps me up to date on the most appealing games and virtual worlds, as I regularly shell out my credit card for the latest must-have membership or bit of digital bling. In this article I interview her about her favorite games and what she …Read more

A Serious Discussion on Violence in Games

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on September 10, 2013

In the news this week, a panel of 200 academics are asking researchers to help put to rest once and for all the question of whether violent video games cause violent behavior in those who play them.  And yet again, a mass shooting (this time, the Navy Yard incident) is being blamed on video game …Read more