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Game Element: Maps

Understanding a large game space requires some type of visual. In most games, this visual is in the form of a map. Strategy games like Civilization V contain maps to help players continually orient themselves to where they are and where they need to go. Additionally, the map give a sense of progress and a […]

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Game Element: Core Mechanic

In their seminal work, Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals, Salen and Zimmerman discuss a wide range of topics. One topic of particular interest is the discussion of the core mechanic. Here is how they define the term. Every game has a core mechanic. A core mechanic is the essential play activity players perform again […]

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10 Things…Online Learning Conference Presentation Notes

Had a great time presenting on 10 Things We Know about Designing Games for Learning From Research. Here are the slides and some related notes. Videos Articles and Blog Entries of Interest 8 Types of Stories to Effect Change Storytelling and Instructional Design Eight Game Elements to Make Learning More Intriguing Games, Gamification and the […]

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Harrisburg JPL Resources

Here are the slides and additional information from my presentation in Harrisburg, PA to my good friends at JPL. Defining and Exploring Gamification from Karl Kapp Gamification: Creating Engaged Learners: LTEN Keynote Slides from Karl Kapp Here is some additional information. Videos Games References Zombies Run! The Lab Financial Soccer Rexona Teens Club Chrysler Word […]

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Meeting Stone Librande

This summer, one of my duties was serving as an external evaluator for a National Science Foundation grant (NSF) where the grant team of community college professors created a workshop to teach teachers how to create instructional games and then teamed the teachers with students from the community college to actually create the games, it […]

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Game Element: Pattern Recognition

Many games involve creating, identifying or predicting a pattern. This is a common element in many basic and electronic games. It is also an important element for many professional and academic skills. Pattern recognition is the ability to recognize order in a chaos or to see relationships in disjointed information. Patterns can be found in […]

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Game Element: Strategy

Strategy games are a popular type of games that require players to outwit and outmaneuver fellow players through careful decision making, planning several moves ahead and attempting to predict outcomes and consequences of both their moves and their opponent’s moves. Perhaps one of the best known strategy games is Chess. Chess is a strategy game […]

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