Talking about Drawsomething

We had talked about what makes games few weeks ago, such as Facebook games (Farmville, CityVille, and so on). Currently, new game called Draw Something is positioned to top 4 Facebook game. I personally think it is more fun to play on your smartphones or tablets. Anyway, to introduce what is Draw something, it is similar to Pictionary. Based on given word, one person draws and send it to the other person and the other player guesses about it. If you think about it, it is not really a game. It doesn’t have scores or leaderboards,and the players in the game aren’t actually competing against each other. They’re working together in a cooperative manner. It’s something more like a social communications app. Instead of competition, it requires cooperation.

If you think this way, then it somewhat goes back to the idea about the Farmville.  Even though it requires some competitions (such as having more items than the others), it still works fine when the players help each other (such as sending energy as a gift). Then, does it mean that in order to be a current popular game it has to do with cooperation? What makes game? Does cooperation make the game?

Which is the best state for playing Skyrim?

Fus-Rhode Island!!!!!!

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For all you Mad Men fans in EDUC 222

This is a ridiculously cool Flash game.

It’s an NES-Style game version of Mad Men, with 3 alternate endings, and opportunities for you, the viewer, to make decisions!  It’s got some humor in it, along with the drama and cut throat culture that we Mad Men fans know and love.

You can find the game here.

Enjoy!!!!!

Video Games and Aggression?

Last class, we talked about previous experiments where people would play a violent video game or watch a violent movie, and researchers would attempt to determine how it affected their immediate actions. In a 2010 study, research shows that violence may increase aggression long after you’ve played the game. Researchers assigned people to play certain video games, some were violent (Mortal Kombat, etc) and some were non-violent (Guitar Hero, etc). They told them to think about ways to improve their respective games, and they performed a survey to test for aggression levels.

Men who played the non-violent games showed less aggression than men who played the violent games. However, women did not show an increased level of aggression despite playing a violent video game. Researchers told the members of the study to think about their games for the next 24 hours. Men who admitted not thinking about their violent game still performed the same as men who played non-violent games. However, men who actually did think about the game showed a higher level of aggression based on test results.

Check out the article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100920094620.htm

“The Art of Video Games”

If you are in D.C., you might want to check out the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum’s “The Art of Video Games” exhibit. To quote the Smithsonian, “The Art of Video Games is one of the first exhibitions to explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies.” I really like the idea of something like this. For people my age, it allows for a better understanding of the progression of gaming overtime, especially considering we were only alive for the backend of the 40 year evolution. For those that are older, it allows for a cool, nostalgic experience and perhaps a reintroduction to modern day gaming today. A lot of reviewers enjoy the exhibit but have qualms with certain elements that are missing. For instance, the exclusion of infamous game designer Rockstar or the lack of mention about gaming on the mobile scale. If you want to make your own assessment, the exhibit runs until September before it travels to ten different cities.

Google maps goes NES for April Fools

If you get the chance, make sure you click on “quest” in Google Maps today.

ann arbor 8-bit google map

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