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

Unlock the Secrets of Midnight Castle – Download it Free Today!

Posted by Jessica Sachs on January 20, 2014
Unlock the Secrets of Midnight Castle – Download it Free Today!

Your eccentric uncle dies in a mysterious way and you are named in his will, inheriting his unique and seemingly magical estate of Midnight Castle. Within the castle it is rumored that a chamber, known as the Mystery Chamber, exists that fulfills the wishes of those who occupy the castle. You are convinced the Mystery …Read more

2014 Global Gaming Stats: Who’s Playing What, and Why?

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on January 16, 2014
2014 Global Gaming Stats: Who’s Playing What, and Why?

In this follow-up to Conor Murphy’s 2012 article Stereotype-defying Gaming Statistics, we’ll look at the global gaming landscape and highlight some of the shifting trends that will affect how 2014 shapes up in terms of games. The Top 10 Gaming Trends 1. Women are playing more and more games, and so is the older generation …Read more

How to Get an Epic Win on Your Gamer New Year’s Resolution (or any resolution, really)

Posted by Lauren Hall-Stigerts on January 13, 2014
How to Get an Epic Win on Your Gamer New Year’s Resolution (or any resolution, really)

It’s that time of year again. New year’s resolutions. A clean slate brings newfound hope—we imagine our ideal self: healthier, smarter, kinder, wealthier. Read more books. Lose more weight. Wake up earlier. I’ll let you in on a little secret: the older I get, the more I enjoy the refreshed optimism of new year’s. Like …Read more

Best Android Games — January 2014

Posted by Conor Murphy on January 10, 2014
Best Android Games — January 2014

A famous author once asked: Do androids dream of electric sheep? While it’s hard to know if or what a robot (or tablet or smartphone) thinks, it’s safe to say that many Android owners have games on the brain this December. You can join the fun by checking out some of the top Android games …Read more

How Games Can Change Your Brain for the Better!

Posted by Conor Murphy on January 10, 2014
How Games Can Change Your Brain for the Better!

If you were ever told playing video games all day would rot your brain, we have some good news - it's not true! In fact, playing all of those video games may have given you a mental edge.Read more

Raising a Gamer Kid

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on January 7, 2014
Raising a Gamer Kid

If you’re a parent you’ll understand that some of our little ones are simply crazy for video games and any technology that stimulates their agile, digitally-wired minds.  You may find it hard to get them to read books (old technology in their minds), and you may struggle with guilt about letting them indulge their passions.  …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

Games-inspired Holiday Baking

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on December 30, 2013
Games-inspired Holiday Baking

Baked goods are a creative staple of gaming fan cultures, and excellent inspiration if you are hoping to improve your baking skills.  You can bake from scratch, or use pre-packaged mixes and frostings.  You can even buy complete cake kits with decorations, like this Moshi Monsters kit available on eBay. Baking Basics Equipment You may …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

“Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Hope Diamond” is Yours to Have in Your House!

Posted by Jessica Sachs on December 20, 2013
“Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Hope Diamond” is Yours to Have in Your House!

The First Collaboration by the Smithsonian on a Video Game!   You can’t have the actual Hope Diamond, but you can take off on an adventure to save it in Big Fish’s “Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Hope Diamond.” In this first collaboration by the Smithsonian on a video game, Big Fish worked with the world’s largest …Read more

Holiday Gamer Gift Guide

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on December 17, 2013
Holiday Gamer Gift Guide

The great thing about the holidays in 2013 is that there are now more options available than ever before, with new ones on the way all the time.  There are recent announcements about some great new technology, for instance, like a whole new crop of smart watches and other devices. I’ve done some of the …Read more