Gamification

What is Gamification? The online Oxford Dictionary defines gamification as: "The application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service." - OxfordDictionaries.com (2017) This means that gamification is the … Continue reading Gamification

Paperwork and Legislation in Games Design

There are many pieces of paperwork and legislation designed to protect people, concepts, and products in the gaming industry. Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA): An NDA is a kind of contract that prevents the signer from speaking about certain things. Usually, this would pertain to elements of an unreleased game, as the company does not want facts about the … Continue reading Paperwork and Legislation in Games Design

Marshall McLuhan, Video Games, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

This essay talks about video games in the context of Marshall McLuhan's thought of seeing all kinds of media as extensions of ourselves. It talks about how video games are an extension of our imagination, just as wheels are extensions of our legs. One of the main goals of modern video games is immersion. The … Continue reading Marshall McLuhan, Video Games, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty