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

Best iPad & iPhone Games — Summer 2014

Posted by Conor Murphy on June 18, 2014
Best iPad & iPhone Games — Summer 2014

With summer in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to break out the sunglasses and lemonade and ditch the winter clothes. But you won’t want to leave your iPhone or iPad at home – no matter where you go, it’ll provide endless hours of gaming fun. Let’s look at at some of the …Read more

17 Geek Conventions You Must Attend Before You Die

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on June 16, 2014
17 Geek Conventions You Must Attend Before You Die

UPDATE [6/16/2014]: 2014 and 2015 dates, locations, and pricing. Thanks to your excellent feedback on this article, I’m starting a series of geek convention round-ups. They’re a curated resource to see when the convention is happening and what’s worth seeing there. Check out the first in the series – a list of anime conventions! Think …Read more

E3 2014 Puzzle and Adventure Games You’ll Love – and What was Missed

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on June 13, 2014
E3 2014 Puzzle and Adventure Games You’ll Love – and What was Missed

E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) is the event for all electronic gaming launches on the horizon. Unlike gaming conventions like Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), E3 is locked down and restricted to industry only. It hasn’t even been a decade since a gamer outside the industry could slip in by knowing someone who knows someone at …Read more

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