Just been reading a lot more on the latest studies in game based learning from around the world the last few weeks.I may have mentioned before, outcomes are one of the primary discriminators between games and sims. Yes, fun and entertainment are important outcomes of a game, but they are not primary outcomes of a simulation. So, with that in mind, that got me thinking about the choices or paths that users could take in some of the scenarios I build for eLearning.
Some people get it with comic books, some in music shops. I don’t know how to pinpoint it, but there is just something special that I get when I go in to a board game shop versus browsing online. Don’t get me wrong I spend time online looking at games, which I thoroughly enjoy. But it is hard to compare photos of games to actually holding the box in your hands.
Supposedly, the term ‘Easter egg’ was coined at the good old games company ‘Atari’ by staff who were aware of a secret message which had been hidden by a developer in his game, Adventure, back in the 70s. He said, the name was to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt. I think that’s brilliant, for a few reasons. Explore with me my thoughts on this.
As you all know, late last year we all saw the launch of the next generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony. The Xbox vs Playstation rivalry continues, while online, most kids are enjoying the re-birth of old school PC gaming….
I did some thinking the other day and today I decided to write about game engines as I am working on a game at work. I prefer game engines using a programming language that I’m familiar with. However, I have had to be wary of solutions that make game engine A written in programming language X work with my favorite programming language Y….
With the advances of high technology (like tablets and Occulus Rift/Google Glasses etc), I have seen a rise of game based elearning as I predicted two years ago. Aside from my research I have been reading about, I have recently gotten into the good old fashioned board games again….
I was going through my books the other day on my bookshelves and noticed that I had quite a few maths books. Yes, I did a lot of maths in both high-school and university but upon reflection, I didn’t particularly like it….