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Women Playing Poker

I played in a women's Texas Hold 'Em poker event at Foxwoods this weekend. I played well but I often felt as though I was fighting against my upbringing as…
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Unconventional Play

My aunt sent me a link to a Forbes Magazine online article about Words With Friends, Zynga's Scrabble rip-off. (An aside: I got sidetracked by the fact that Zynga's business…
GamesTeaching

Gamification and Education

A trending buzzword in today's digital culture is gamification. According to most sources on the Internet, the term was coined in 2004 by Nick Pelling, a UK-based business consultant who…
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We Are STILL Playing a Game

I recently wrote a blog entry in response to Caroline Bender's question about the Scrabble game we were playing online.  Since we have different motivations for playing Scrabble, Ms. Bender…
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We Are Playing a Game

One of my blog buddies, the fabulous Caroline Bender (she of Drawing In fame), wrote an entry yesterday about the "game" she and I have been playing on Facebook.  I…
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Game Design Education

I belong to the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) which has a fairly active listserv.  The most recent discussion on the listserv was prompted by Brenda Brathwaite's rant at the most recent…
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Kid Poker

I am huge fan of Texas Hold 'Em poker.  It is an interesting mix of skill and chance with a bit of human unpredictability thrown in and as a result…
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Social Games

I recently traveled to Oxford University in England to present a paper at a conference called Videogame Cultures and the Future of Interactive Entertainment.  The conference brought together aabout 25…
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Google in China Follow-up

A new perspective, one that I hadn't thought of yesterday when I wrote my post about cheering Google's decision to stop censoring search results in China, comes from a Business…
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Playing With Swine Flu

Everyone seems to be talking about and planning for the H1N1 virus these days.  My university, for example, sent out a memo to encourage us to plan for extended absences due…
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Summer Play

As I've mentioned before, I'm chairing a panel at NeMLA in April about using Web 2.0 technologies to play.  Because of this panel, I've spent much of my summer playing…
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