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Game Politics 2015 Games For Change Awards Finalists Announced Game Politics Never Alone, This War of Mine, Bounden and other notable games have been named as finalists for the 2015 Games for Change Awards, Games For Change announced today.
In a world where the majority of children spend hours a day playing computer or console game, researchers are starting to utilize those habits for the better. The use of gamification -- using game design elements to teach lessons, engage, and motivate -- is starting to increase in popularity. Now gamification concepts and principles have been applied to the development of an online, multiuser, substance abuse, and relationship violence prevention game for youths.
Run as a workshop, students collaborate in teams to design and prototype games for social change and civic engagement. Through readings, discussion, and presentations, we explore principles of game design and the social history of games. Guest speakers from academia, industry, the non-profit sector, and the gaming community contribute unique and diverse perspectives. Course culminates in an end of semester open house to showcase our games.
At the beginning of each year, adults all over the country promise themselves that this will be the year they finally get fit. Like those adults, I resolved in January to get more exercise. It’s now six weeks into the new year and I’m finding that I need a little more encouragement to stick with ...
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