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The Gamification of Life by Jesse Schell

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In February 2010, professor Jesse Schell (Schell Games) gave an interesting, humorous but slightly apocalyptic talk at DICE Summit, where he illustrated the way in which games can –and will- affect our behavior in a future where we lead gamified lives and where all our actions are reward-based. Today, much has changed –but many of Schell’s thoughts are still undeniable. While at first ... Read More »

V-Time – Why Your Grandpa Should Play Video Games

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There are few gamer grandparents. That is a fact. Video games and elderly people usually live in worlds far, far apart. However, serious games can provide an amazing range of benefits to their health and well-being. So while playing Mario Kart with your grandparents could be fun, this time I am talking about a game like V-Time. V-Time is an ... Read More »

Does playing GTA make you racist?

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By now, a few of you might already be looking at this article with suspicious eyes. Is this another “video games are the devil” kind of article? Well, no, and yes. If we understand how traditional video games can get silently into our heads, we will be one step closer to apply the same techniques to Serious Games purposes. So, let ... Read More »

Keep Calm and Focus Pocus: a Serious Game to beat ADHD

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You have probably heard of ADHD. Maybe you went to school with someone who has it, perhaps your neighbor, friend, the kid you used to play with or even someone in your family. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more common than you think, and causes problems concentrating, paying attention, memorizing and staying organized –usually in children. The sense of ... Read More »

Can serious games bring playgrounds back to life?

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Video game consoles have increasingly replaced playgrounds. Kids spend countless hours in front of a screen, hours that our parents spent playing outside. Neighborhood playgrounds have increasingly become empty, as they are no longer grounds for the kid’s imagination. They are no longer fortresses to conquer or castles to fight for against the kid next door, as the battle is ... Read More »

Medmyst: Serious Games To Contain Disease Outbreaks

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Fascinating and terrifying at the same time, disease outbreaks have always been an object of mankind’s morbid curiosity, for their ability of triggering a deep sense of panic in the society –as it happened with the cases of ebola, avian influenza or the mad cow disease, to name a few. Medmyst is a serious game series of a total of ... Read More »

Do Androids Dream of…Serious Games?

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Imagine a world where household robots are a reality. While they may not be human-like, or dream of electric sheep like in Philip K. Dick’s novel, robotics is increasingly becoming a tangible reality outside of the universities’ research facilities, and serious games play a big part in this. Yes, you read right. Serious games have scientific uses much further than ... Read More »

What if shooter games could save lives?

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As you might have noticed, this website is about Serious Games. What could be more serious than being able to save a life? However, statistics show that more than 70% of the population has not received first aid training. A perfect example of the generalized first-aid ignorance is the recurrent question: “Quick! Is there a doctor in here?!” that we ... Read More »