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Self-introduction and some thoughts on positive gamification methodology

This is my first blog post on gameful and I have to say I'm pretty excited. I watched both of Jane's TED talks and I believe she is onto something big. 

About myself: I am a game designer with about five years of experience in the industry. I have worked freelance and as a lead designer for some PC and console games (check my linkedin page for details). Eight years ago, I left the industry to become a professional poker player. That second career was quite successful as it has brought…


Added by Manuel Bevand on August 13, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

I'm interested in creating a game that would spark a social movement around the country in the world. The only problem is I have no Game creating experience. I'm looking for people to help implement …

I'm interested in creating a game that would spark a social movement around the country in the world. The only problem is I have no Game creating experience. I'm looking for people to help implement my idea and we went to inspire people to develop a community of people that inspires hope, belief and takes action to achieve what they are inspired to do in life. Let me know if you're interested.




Added by Chris Finn on August 9, 2013 at 8:03pm — 14 Comments

Hello, World!


My name is Christian de Luna and I am a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University researching games-based learning. My research interest mainly lies in how best to develop the field of educational games development and how to foster communication among developers, educators, and the general public to productively design and implement educational games.

Additionally, I am interested in learning game design and am currently working on a board game…


Added by Christian de Luna on July 31, 2013 at 12:57pm — No Comments

I talk about something Big

Hey Community,

I read through a lot of good ideas!


- The Warcraft concenpt

- The Educational aspect

- The Self improvement aspect

- Games without coding

What I am looking for is something really big. I believe that games like WoW etc. are just this successful because there is such a big community. And this community growth since the last years so tremendous because there is real fun and eagerness to play this game. I want this in…


Added by Christian Geistlich on July 30, 2013 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Calling all game designers

I am a psychologist with a fairly good understanding of games. I have a community project which involves pulling together many different organizations in many different areas all with their own politics and needs. I believe if I can design an ARG where everyone starts out on the same level and there are enough incentives and chances of powering up and competing in ways that benefit the community, this will aid my work and make the annual event that I envisage, much more do- able. I live in Cape… Continue

Added by Phillip Cohen on May 29, 2013 at 5:43am — No Comments

Phd programs/Academic research into gaming and depression

Is there anyone who might be able to point me toward a PhD program in psychology that is studying games and depression? I'm working on a game similar in spirit to SuperBetter but targeting a much more severely depressed population. I have a fairly solid design already that I'm hoping to turn into a dissertation if I can find the right place to go.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Added by Tug Brice on May 27, 2013 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Video Game Addiction

The past year was my final semester at school and I needed to complete my undergrad thesis. Professors suggest that you pick a topic that you are very interested in so that you can continue to work on it for the year without losing interest. With that in mind, I knew I had to do something video game related. I love video games, and I wanted to find a way to bring that together with the theme for our studies: design for humanity. Through some exploration of possible topics of interest, I…


Added by Duane Rajkumar on May 6, 2013 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Virtual Satisfactions and Crime

On my Wikia pages I have begun examining the possibility of a correlation between the rise of video games and the broad decrease in violent crime. While some headline incidents of violent crime have been linked in the press to video games, my theory presents this as the exception rather than the rule. If you'd like to discuss this, or help me elaborate on it, let me know. Thanks!…


Added by Phillip A. Batz on April 27, 2013 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

Last day to vote for my AR/ARG set to read social action data habits.

Hello everyone!I'm currently working on for an Augmented Reality/Alternate Reality Game App that will read the social action data habits of LA residents 2 shape up the future of the city. WE NEED VOTES TO GET FUNDED, and it only takes a second! If we get the grant we want to expand to other cities. Check it out bellow please, and spread the word. Today is the last date to vote! …


Added by April Arrglington on April 16, 2013 at 3:48pm — No Comments


It comes as no surprise to me that Canada’s cold and sparsely populated landscape is home to the third biggest videogame industry in the world. Spring is almost here now, but for five months out of the year, this constitutional monarchy is prime gamer territory. There are many adjectives to describe a Canadian winter, but i’m pretty sure the common consensus is that it is long as well as uncomfortably cold and hibernating becomes an activity not solely reserved for the bears in this country.…


Added by Rachel Lowery on April 8, 2013 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Gaming in Training: Boom or Bust?

I've been in the training business for 24 years, and for close to 20 of those years I've seen efforts to make training materials feel more like games in order to appeal to students who have been playing games for most of their lives. These efforts started with attempts to create immersive 3D "Doom" environments for students to work through and are now up to examining the use of gamification to meet the calls for incorporating gaming into training.

While I've seen many successful…


Added by Bruce Reynolds on April 2, 2013 at 8:48am — No Comments

Virtual Worlds and Real Life: an autoethnographical journey in online gaming

I stand at the summit, sword in hand. The beast, slain beneath my feet.  It is late and I am exhausted.  At my side are 39 of the most fierce, loyal, brave, and driven companions I have ever fought in battle with.  Five hours of difficult terrain and formidable enemies, minions of the one now dead below my feet, stood between myself and the one I was sent to rid from this world.  Five hours, only to meet the most dangerous foe I have ever…


Added by Mike Washburn on March 29, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Bachelor thesis ARG for improving the design process


we are two german girls who work on our bachelor thesis for the upcoming months. We study Communication and Product Design at the University for Applied Sciences near Stuttgart, Germany.

We are trying to improve the design process, based on cocreation. We think it's easier to connect the people if they have a playful common ground, so they can spread their ideas and creativity open minded, like it is one guiding principle of ARG. 

We want to create a game to…


Added by Elisa on March 16, 2013 at 6:40am — 1 Comment

Some Gameful perspective


My name is Dave and I'm very new to this site. I don't consider myself a game designer. I consider myself a theater artist, or maybe even a performance artist. I have been developing a performance that attempts to erase the line between performer and audience, to make the two entities become one. I realized a short time ago that what I am making is a game. I've created a game world that allows people to inhabit the world, to play in it for a period of time. The world revolves… Continue

Added by Dave Thrasher on February 20, 2013 at 3:28pm — No Comments

back in action!

I am finally returning from hibernation! From many things, is one of those!

Coming on strong.. I am even playing League of Legends (which arguably consumed my gametime for the last 4 months).

  • Teaching Middle School again.
  • Working on a curriculum for High School students with the Science deparment.
  • Launched 2 events this month: a…

Added by Brett A McCall on February 13, 2013 at 9:32pm — No Comments


So I got an email through Gameful that someone posted a comment on my wall. Of course when I went to look and reply, it was gone.

It said:

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately.I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me…


Added by Vanessa B Baylen on February 8, 2013 at 1:24pm — 9 Comments

The MAGICAL game-making community library is here!

The MAGICAL project’s library of digital game making environments for learners is now open. Come and discover fifty different game making tools that…


Added by Jeffrey Earp on February 8, 2013 at 8:59am — No Comments

Games in Space!

There are a lot of games SET in space, from the primitive but ground breaking games like "Asteroids" to the complex three dimensional environments and thousand year histories of games like Starcraft and Star Wars the Old Republic.  Even non-space-based games like Warcraft have woven space travel as a key component of their mythologies.  But never before have games been developed to play IN space, and it may just be the right time to start developing…


Added by Matthew Kyle Aronson on January 26, 2013 at 10:36pm — 5 Comments

Looking for Gamers to Help with Harvard Penn Stanford Collaboration - Fix Washington Politics

Howdy all:

My group -- ( is looking for a gamer and collaborator to help us create a really innovative social and political project in collaboration with college kids and profs from Harvard, Stanford, and UPenn. We want to create a game for high schoolers who will adopt avatars as politicians and slog it out over how to fix the debt and balance the U.S. budget. The game will take place over a semester in coordination with American government classes. We hope to teach…


Added by Meredith Bagby on January 26, 2013 at 12:13am — No Comments


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