Learning like a game, paying with data and emotional distress

This is nonsense and ramble that came to my head while writing something else.. Anybody with children or young adults in the family will have at some point had to turn an Xbox/PC/PS4 off to bring them out of a state of emotional distress. I think there are many reasons why computer games cause distress,…

The death of Free2Play beyond video games

Way back in February the EU commission raised concerns over business models in the mobile phone ‘app industry’. There were 4 major points of concern, these are taken directly from the EC press release : • Games advertised as “free” should not mislead consumers about the true costs involved; • Games should not contain direct…

Sim University 5 Game Review

  You know those people who establish dynasties so powerful that their names echo through the centuries? I am one of them. – El Vice Chancellor Sim University (U.S name: Theme University) is a series of hit real-time strategy simulation games created and developed by a one man indie outfit. The game play sits at…

Indie Developers: Back to the 80s

There is often talk from those who grew up in 80s UK kids about the good old days of gaming before the large development houses and multimillion pound projects. I was born in 1984 so perhaps I was a little late to the party, but I still join them with fond memories of gaming in…

Subnautica: New game by Natural Selection Developers

I’m a big fan of the indie game Natural Selection 2 and the developer Unknown Worlds. Originally I think they were a group of modders who created the absolutely fantastic Natural Selection mod for the original Half Life. Following the success of Natural Selection they decided to make a commercial version out of the sequal…

The Student as a Moral Compass

In video games the moral compass is a usually a character or narrator who passes judgement on the players actions. Probably the most famous moral compass is The Walking Dead’s Clementine (who recently got a mention on BBC). I really recommend the The Walking Dead, forget preconceptions of video games you may have, game is…

When developers take control from publishers

The video game market is changing. A few years ago making a game was an expensive business, too expensive for most development teams to pay up front. So developers went to a big publisher to get some money to create the game, the publisher would then publish the game and take a large cut of…

Create your own Oculus Rift

When I first heard about the Oculus Rift I was sure that Virtual Reality had finally made the mainstream. At $300 with affordable development options it was sure to take off.  I knew why the Oculus Rift was cheap and that was because it uses cheap components! The components are cheap because they are already…

4 games where losing is fun

  A new breed of game wants us to know that sometimes it is more fun to lose than it is to win. These games play on the fact that every time we lose we learn something new and a story is told. I think that this a place educational institutions should explore, but until…