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

The Indie Strikes Back: Five indie games coming out in 2014 that will blow your mind

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on April 21, 2014
The Indie Strikes Back: Five indie games coming out in 2014 that will blow your mind

“Indie gaming” (games that are produced independent of a major publisher) has become a part of our gaming vernacular since 2009. There are two big reasons:   1) The rise of crowd-sourced funding through sites like Kickstarter has liberated developers to find money directly through their audience instead of pitching to a few big publishing …Read more

Google Wear’s Great Grandparents: A Brief History of Wearable Computers

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on April 15, 2014
Google Wear’s Great Grandparents: A Brief History of Wearable Computers

What felt like a utopian cyberpunk dream is now becoming reality: wearable computers is a topic on everyone’s lips. Last year we were introduced to Google Glass, the first commercially available optical head-mounted display–which, unfortunately, has since seen a decline in interest. Perhaps it was the wallet-busting price point at $1500, maybe it was the …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

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