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What Playfulness Can Change: “Playfulness and Your Team”

We’ll see how to use playfulness in a team. How can you empower them using playful levers? Together, we’ll practice by taking examples and try to use the playful design methodology to do this. We’ll choose together practical use cases you can encounter in your daily routines at work and try to make a change in order to make them more playful!

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What Playfulness Can Change: “Playfulness and Your Project”

When you’re designing something, it’s important to take the user experience into account. What I’m offering you in this class is to come with a project you have in mind (a technology, a product, a service) and to empower the experience with the playful methodology. You will see how you can use the playful value proposition, and if you don’t have an idea in mind, I have several interesting ones for you.

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What Playfulness Can Change: “Serious Game Co-design”

Serious games are games that have another purpose than just pure entertainment. In this class, we will test a serious game about Blockchain, and try to assess it and find guidelines for when you’re developing that kind of game. After that, I will share tips with you to design your serious game! Don’t hesitate to come with a topic in mind.

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Boston Indies: “Creating Play: Lessons from a Year in the Toy Industry”

We are hosting the monthly Boston Indies meetup again this month:

Game designer Jenna Hoffstein worked in the games industry for nearly a decade before joining Hasbro. She returns from a year spent in the toy industry to share new lessons she’s learned about creating play.

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Game Maker’s Guild October Workshop “Asymmetrical Interaction in Co-op Board Games”

The Game Makers Guild has a special opportunity this month. Mikael Jakobsson is a Research Scientist at the MIT Game Lab who has a longstanding professional interest in co-located collaborative games, both video games and board games. While these games allow for unique and very rewarding gaming experiences, they also come with some inherent pit falls that designers need to be aware of. In the case of board games, there is a well known issue referred to as alpha gaming or quarterbacking. This issue is especially prevalent in co-op games.

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A Perspective on PAX East and the Escape Room Game Jam

As a fledgling graduate student in media studies, much of my time is spent doing readings and work for class. Much of this involves catching up on the literature and history of the field, learning about related disciplines and media,

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Playing Live-Action Escape Rooms in a Competitive Mode?

You might have heard of the rapidly growing trend of escape room games. In escape rooms groups of 3-8 players voluntarily get locked into a physical room. These live-action team-based games offer a variety of fascinating insights into game and level design, player cultures, business models, and technologies. We would like to enrich the discussion by asking how these games could be played in a competitive tournament style – as a (e)sport.

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Escape Room Game Jam Keynote Speaker: Scott Nicholson

To kick off our first ever Escape Room Game Jam, we’ve asked Scott Nicholson to speak to us about escape room games!

Dr. Nicholson has recently been researching the design and development of Escape Rooms and will share with us some of his findings, as well as introduce to us what Escape Rooms are!

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Emotion and Play in This War of Mine

I don’t typically review games. If anyone asks me for a specific recommendation for a game based on themes or gameplay, I gladly contribute suggestions, but I almost never recommend a game to absolutely everyone. This War of Mine has

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Girls Make Games — Boston Workshop!

Girls are... Creative! Smart! Courageous! Resourceful! And Can Make Games!

Hosted by the MIT Game Lab Join us at Girls Make Games, Boston’s first all girls game dev workshop that inspires girls to explore the world of video games. Girls Make Games Intro from LearnDistrict Inc. on Vimeo. Workshop Highlights

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