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Community Spaces and Game Places


Welcome back to another session of Mind Meets Game! After reaching out to the gaming community, tapping into online communities, and navigating communities of practice issues, I became blatantly aware at how often the term “community” appears as an essential function of life in its multiple iterations. So today, we are going to talk about…yes… communities!  

All Alone in a Crowd…

During the day, I navigate an academic community, work community, friend community, and a myriad of online communities that overlap all of these rather these. Then at night, many times I find myself entwined in communities of avatars running about fantastic gaming worlds…yes, while still maintaining my role in all of the previously mentioned communities...

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Genre Part 2: Inclusion, Exclusion, and Mislabeled Containers

Welcome back! To recap on last week’s discussion on Genre, we used Jeff Cork’s article as a jumping off point for engaging genre issues in video games and transitioned into Daniel Chandler’s An Introduction into Genre Theory to supplement some of our explorations. Hopefully many of you picked up some new insights on genre and used it for some food for thought to launch your own explorations. Today, we are going to single out four genres that have been driving me nuts for a while and I’m going to use a criminal amount of quotation marks to point them out.

Where the party at?

As much as I loved those cute commercials of the police crashing Mario’s party, I just have a hard time buying into this genre...

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Genres: The Great Containers


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Welcome back! In case you missed our last segment, check out Into the Gamification part 1 and Into the Gamification part 2. This time we are back at it with a two part segment on video game genres, a hot topic as of late!

What is Genre and what does it mean for games?

Game Informer readers likely saw Jeff Cork’s “Do Genres Mean Anything Anymore?” article a few issues back that attempted to tackle the complicated matter of video game genres. To briefly bring everyone up to speed, Cork notes that the gaming world is becoming increasingly unsure and in some cases, unwelcoming of genres as a way to categorize games. He draws upon games such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Super Smash Bros., Uncharted, and the Zelda series as a way to illustrate that elements of more than one ...

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Into the Gamification Part 2

Are games good and does gamification deliver the goods?

Welcome back! In case you missed our last discussion, please check out Into the Gamification Part 1 to get caught up for this week. Are games good? What about gasification? The first question may be debated forever, but I would like to think many games can do some good. Take a moment to let Jane McGonigal explain some of the ways games can make for a better world.

So, if at least some games can be good, then using this games as gamification does must do some good, right? The second part of the gasification series explores the opposing viewpoint of gamificaion and then wraps up with some closing thoughts and a great video by James Paul Gee...

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Into the Gamification Part 1

What in the world is gamification?

Welcome to Mind Meets Game! Check our Epic Journey page and About page to discover move. This week we dive into gaminifaction.

Many people who hear the term gamification for the fist time tend to assume that it physically involves using video games for a purpose such as business or learning. Athough a lot of gaming theorists certainly do use video games in a physical way, gamification actually involves utilizing video game design, mechanics, symbols, and themes for non-game applications. It’s also about condition states and goals. Think about how games involve elements such as leveling, rewards/trophies, collaboration, exploration, time management, and identity in various ways...

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The Journey

Can I make a living playing video games? Are video games good or bad? Can we learn from video games? Can games affect education and society in a positive way? What’s next for gamers and gaming?

I have asked myself these same questions  many times and it seems that friends, family, colleagues, students, and everyone in between have asked me the same when I mention my work involves game theory.

The answers are out the there…and finding them is worth the effort.

Some people spend entire careers trying to answer questions about what video games can really offer. Unlike many of our games, no all-knowing oracle appears to give us the answers. The truth is that It takes work, discussion, and a great deal of collaboration to make progress...

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