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Looking for a mentor

Hello Gameful world, I'm new here and just testing the waters with this post. Basically I'm not really sure what I want to do, but I would love to get into design. Pretty much looking for recommendations as to where to start. In High school I took a game development class and worked with game maker and GMI. After that I went to some community collage in the IT field, but that didn't really work out because of a personal epidemic. Recently I've been working on web design and Gamification,…


Added by Thaddeus S Skorzewski III on October 30, 2014 at 10:48pm — 9 Comments

MORPG/RPG In Development

MORPG/RPG In Development

Your next MORPG is finally here. 

You wake up on a deserted island with nothing but a bow, quiver, arrows, and a couple scraps of leather armor. An adventurous land full of your wildest dreams awaits you. Embark on the journey of a medieval…


Added by James Powell on October 20, 2014 at 12:55pm — 5 Comments

Covet Fashion: The Digital Stylist’s Shopping Game

Fashion is poised to flourish this year, with the help of technology.  Molly Wood  of The New York Times said wearable gadgets are becoming more stylish. Wood reported FitBit has teamed up with designer Tory Burch to manufacture new trackers and sensors that resemble …


Added by Nadia Hyeong on September 23, 2014 at 8:29am — No Comments

Gamification vs. Workification: Is There A Middle Ground?

Hey All!

I have a question about how gamification and workification relate to one another.  I'm trying to come up with some thoughts on the missing quadrant below.  Its pretty important to the project I'm working on as its the premise of a whole series of blog posts I'm working on.

If any of you have any ideas I'd greatly appreciate it.

This is the original post from: …


Added by Stephen Ruduski on July 7, 2014 at 8:52pm — 1 Comment

Saying Hi to the Gameful Community

Hey All,

I just wanted to drop you all a quick line to introduce myself.  My name is Steve Ruduski and I blog at

I have enjoyed success in a number of fields from entrepreneurial ventures as well as executive work in software startups.  I have also had the pleasure of working in the gaming industry for a time.  All in all it has been an awesome ride.

I ascribe my success directly…


Added by Stephen Ruduski on June 26, 2014 at 1:34am — No Comments

Seeking support for Gamesters Utopia project

Gamesters Utopia Project

Who I Am

My name is Erick Alexander. I'm a young entrepreneur whose turning a 2 years of researching and developed business idea into a real startup business. 

Project Details

With the "Gamesters Utopia" project I aim to create a gaming niche social eCommerce website in which the functionality of the site by percentage is going to consist of: (1) 45% Social Networking (ex.…


Added by Erick Alexander on June 13, 2014 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

One Year After Implementation: Lessons Learned

I just spent the last academic year implementing gaming in the classroom with Middle School students. Some of the highlights include...

1. Freedom and Fidelity
2. Information Literacy
3. Recognition and Rewards

If interested please let me know and I will be halo to share my experience and data.

Added by Glen on May 26, 2014 at 11:34am — 3 Comments

G-Summit 2014 (Gamification)

Anyone going to be around SF June 10-14 ?  Check out the Gamification conference:

Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson will be a keynote speaker.  Maybe he'll let you fly around in his Cosmos spaceship... doubtful, but ya never know.

See you there!

Added by Kris Young on April 23, 2014 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Aw, Poor Baby! by Seth Weeks (needs cofounder)


Added by Seth Weeks on March 18, 2014 at 10:40pm — No Comments

A Little Help For A Super Scholar

This message is a adapted from an email message I sent to Jane McGonigal, but it pretty much described what I wanted to do as a researcher.  Any help for research would be appreciated!

My name is Katharine Hodgdon (I usually go by Katie) and I am currently a Masters student in Communication at Central Michigan University.  My research interest is an Organizational…


Added by Katie Hodgdon on March 14, 2014 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Getting in shape by playing a game - the Rundercover audio-game

So you think exercise is an excruciating test of willpower over the drudgery of treadmills, crowded gyms and sweaty t-shirts? So do we! That’s why we need Rundercover, a thrilling interactive audio-game. Or, how a Swiss startup starts out to make your outdoor exercises more fun and rewarding.

In the mobile app “Rundercover”, you as the runner become the hero of an epic secret agent story. Through various interactions, such as jumps, speed-ups and…


Added by Peter Schiratzki on March 13, 2014 at 8:57am — No Comments

Who wants to play?

I have been developing the ability to deliver A.R.G.s both traditionally and in single-story real time events. I am now running an ARG and would like to invite everyone to PLAY!

An essential part of design is to play with your games. What we offer is free, and would benefit greatly from the interaction of skilled game designers. So come to: and enter the open game: "The Long Game". I'd be happy if you did.But if you have a…


Added by Jeff Ravage on March 12, 2014 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Game Based Learning

I'm doing research for my Masters in Education, and my focus is game based learning.  I thought I'd share some of the resources I've found here at Gameful.

I found the following videos on YouTube both interesting and informative:

  1. In The Gaming of Education Transformation ( Richard van Eck talks about how games promote collaboration, systems thinking, social…

Added by Linda E on January 27, 2014 at 8:22am — No Comments

Who Knows Someone ^2 - Social networking as a game (Concept)

Who Knows Someone ^2 ("Who knows someone who knows someone?") is a game of social networking. That is to say, to play, and "win", you must think about who you know and use it to make connections.

The concept is that people can fill out requests to be put in contact with subject matter experts, and include some personal information about who they are and why they want to be in contact with such as person. For example, an elementary school student, who wants to find a journalist they…


Added by David Scott on January 23, 2014 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Saving the world

Added by george todt on December 31, 2013 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Multi-Classing in the Classroom

In a discussion of Gamification design for a classroom, a faculty member wanted to design a level system/point scale. In the discussion they wanted to have a point system for grades, but also non-point based incentives. The reason for the non-point incentives were to help encourage students to keep going in the class even if they met the threshold for success in the class already. Leveling was great, but if students got enough points in the class to reach level 6, which was a C, then why…


Added by Keenan Kibrick on December 12, 2013 at 3:11pm — No Comments

200,000 Teenagers undergo cosmetic plastic surgery

Dear Gamechangers,
in the USA, more than 200,000 Teenagers undergo Cosmetic Surgeries every year. Everywhere, beauty mania is growing among young people at alarming rates. TV programs such as Next Top Model give their audience an artificial and unhealthy idea of what beauty is. With the satirical card game “Pretty Ugly”, we play with popular cultural views and…

Added by Juma Al-JouJou on December 3, 2013 at 1:16pm — No Comments

An MMORPG about relationships? (An Open Letter to Jane McGonigal and Gameful)

MMORPG's don't teach much about community, unless you consider your community people to beat up, take stuff from, or use to avoid micropayments.

So, herewith, a proposal:

Added by Ken Franklin on September 29, 2013 at 7:17am — No Comments

The Nano Revolution, if you want

It started because of a song. In November 2012, I started writing The Nano Revolution, a 20 minute metal song about good intentions gone wrong. Early it became clear to me that listening to it for twenty minutes while staring at a still picture (I usually upload my songs in this format to YouTube) could be a little bit boring, so I decided to offer the listener something more engaging. 

I decided against making a music video, because I highly doubt my ability to shoot a twenty minute…


Added by Christoph-David Volbers on September 20, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Self-intoduction: an ecological approach to games.

I am a researcher in behavioral ecology. When I am not absorbed in stereotypes like hugging trees or going into endless composting sessions, I do research and sometimes help teaching science courses. I am passionate about biodiversity (the variation you can see every aspect of life) of behavior and personality among people, animals, or avatars within a given group, population or game. This biodiversity is what enables groups to tackle challenges and being resilient to…


Added by Pierre-Olivier Montiglio on August 19, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments


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