Antique Road Trip: American Dreamin’ comes to iPad!

Posted by Jessica Sachs on June 11, 2014
Antique Road Trip: American Dreamin’ comes to iPad!

Antique Road Trip: American Dreamin’, based on the popular “Antique Road Trip” series by Boomzap Entertainment, is now available for iPad! Ever wanted to be a real antique collector? Now you can in Antique Road Trip: American Dreamin’ ! Currently available for PC on the Big Fish Games website, now Big Fish is bringing this …Read more

The Big List of Anime Conventions

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on June 6, 2014
The Big List of Anime Conventions

You might have seen my list of must-see geek conventions where I selected 17 excellent events from a variety of geekdoms such as video games, anime, and sci-fi. I received great feedback from you about the list, and readers wanted to see even more options across different types of conventions all over the globe. This …Read more

Virtual Reality in Your Living Room: A Glimpse into the Future of Video Games

Posted by Taylor Stein on June 5, 2014
Virtual Reality in Your Living Room: A Glimpse into the Future of Video Games

Video games are a constantly evolving medium, growing and changing in response to the technological advancements around us. Through such innovation and the ambitious vision of industry pioneers, a number of developers are actively redefining the landscape of gaming, expanding the boundaries of what video games are and what they could be. A couch and …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

Narrative Design Case Study: Dark Manor

Posted by Lisa Brunette on May 15, 2014
Narrative Design Case Study: Dark Manor

Previously on the blog, we gave you an inside look at the fast-wheelin’, high-stakes world of narrative design! OK, so we gave you some examples and explained what we do. But wasn’t that fun? We know you’re hungry for more. We know you’re craving an in-depth look at one game put through the narrative design machine …Read more

Developer Focus: Artifex Mundi

Posted by Conor Murphy on May 8, 2014
Developer Focus: Artifex Mundi

In this week’s Developer Focus, I was able to speak with Krzysztof Szaton, Game Producer at Artifex Mundi to learn a little more about what makes them tick and how they make such great games time and time again. Artifex Mundi is the studio responsible for fantastic game series like Enigmatis, Nightmares from the Deep …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

Virtual Families – A Game About Life

Posted by Jessica Sachs on April 29, 2014
Virtual Families – A Game About Life

There is a hidden little world just inside your computer. There are little people who are lost and in need of adoption. There is an abandoned, broken house that with a little love and some happy occupants could be turned into a dream home. Unlock this world and help shape the lives and home of …Read more

What’s a Narrative Designer?

Posted by Lisa Brunette on April 28, 2014
What’s a Narrative Designer?

Perhaps you’ve seen the titles at the close of your epic Big Fish game adventure, once the end credits roll: “Narrative Designer,” and there’s even a “Manager of Narrative Design.” These sound like pretty fancy jobs, but what exactly do these people do? The answer: whatever it takes to bring you a great game story experience. We …Read more