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HabitRPG Turns Better Behavior into a Game of Survival

HabitRPG Turns Better Behavior into a Game of Survival | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
HabitRPG takes the tasks you want to complete, however simple or complex, and turns them into a role-playing game where you earn experience points, gain levels, and stay alive by getting things done.
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Two points in this games favor, its free and it can be played on all platforms!

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Why We Play: How Our Desire For Games Shapes Our World

Why We Play: How Our Desire For Games Shapes Our World | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Psychologists and sociologists are only now beginning to understand why the human ability to play is so powerful.

 

"After earning his Ph.D. in clinical and social psychology from the University of Rochester, Scott Rigby helped found Immersyve, a research company designed to examine some of these basic human needs and discover what makes video games so appealing. After collecting several years’ worth of behavioral data and conducting numerous in-house studies from companies like Sony, Activision, and Warner Bros. Interactive, Rigby feels Immersyve has nailed down a few key motivations behind our addiction to fun...."

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 A great look at the psychology behing why people play games . The fact that people play games to satisfy some of their basic psychological needs shows that although you may not realise it there's a secret gamer in all of us - HK

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Climategame - Tygron

Climategame - Tygron | World Changing Games | Scoop.it

Climate Game is a realistic virtual world in which players are challenged to create a climate-adapted university neighbourhood

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Teaching and Developing online: Schools Ditch The Classroom To Put Play Back In Education

"Perhaps play is not the opposite of work, but synonymous with it.

This theory is emerging from a growing body of scientific evidence, reviewed here by the University of Georgia, showing education is not the same as disinterested drudgery: For children and adults, "play is an important mediator for learning and socialization throughout life."

PlayMaker school in Santa Monica, California is one of the first to redesign every aspect of the classroom putting that research to the test...."

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History and Analysis of New Media 2: What exactly is a Game?

"Do we only play a game using different devices, cards and boards or play it on fields? Do we really know that we are playing a game?

 

Jane McGonigal gives us an idea that the game can be called a game only when it meets 4 defining traits; and all at once. ‘All games share four defining traits: a goal, rules, a feedback system, and voluntary participation’ (McGonigal, 2011: 21). To see how these 4 traits are fundamental let’s take snooker for instance. While we are playing, we are playing of one's own free will, accepting all the rules, knowing our goals and getting feedback through a score card. We are doing it instead of taking all of the snooker balls and dropping each of them to the pockets using our hands.

 

Seemingly the definition of McGonigal may seem really easy and fully acceptable, however after careful consideration and analysis it becomes more complex.......'

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Serious Games Seek Slice Of Health-Care Market

Serious Games Seek Slice Of Health-Care Market | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Health is a multi-trillion dollar market but serious games, which have the potential to help in the treatment of some conditions, have made little impact. Why and are things changing?
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Serious Games Helping Kids Understand Food Labels

Serious Games Helping Kids Understand Food Labels | World Changing Games | Scoop.it

Whyville and Numedeon (please find also Serious Games Helping Children To Cope With Stress) have just announced a new project with the U.S. FDA focused on helping kids better understand food labels. This project will be launching shortly in Whyville.

 

FDA Consumer and School-Based Nutrition Education Programs

 

Dr. Mary Poos, Deputy Director of the Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, provided an overview of FDA’s nutrition education initiatives, which include education programs, and Serious Games.

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Serious Games: Playing to Communicate and Change

Serious Games: Playing to Communicate and Change | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Those interested in using innovative methods to spread a message might take an interest in the Half the Sky Movement, an organization dedicated to promoting gender equality in developing nations.  ...
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Gaming mindsets: implicit theories in serious game learning. | World Intelligence Network

Gaming mindsets: implicit theories in serious game learning. | World Intelligence Network | World Changing Games | Scoop.it

Here's a cyberpsychology abstract showing how an individual's beliefs about the malleability of their abilities need to be considered when applying serious games.

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Serious Games Could Be Integrated Into Surgical Training Subject To Validation

Serious Games Could Be Integrated Into Surgical Training Subject To Validation | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Serious gaming can be used to enhance surgical skills, but games developed or used to train medical professionals need to be validated before they are integrated into teaching methods.
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The 50 Best Videos For Teachers Interested In Gamification | Edudemic

The 50 Best Videos For Teachers Interested In Gamification | Edudemic | World Changing Games | Scoop.it

50 awesome videos for gaming teachers to discover what experts, teachers, and even students have to say about using games for education.

 

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Gabe Zichermann: How games make kids smarter:
Check out Gabe Zichermann’s TED talk to find out how video games can actually make kids smarter and better problem solvers.

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GALA Special issue on Game-Based Learning - IFETS ...

It is broadly acknowledged that digital serious games offer a high potential to foster and support learning in educational and training settings. A number of significant research studies have been carried out to analyze, from different perspectives, the relationship among types of games, learning objectives, and target groups ...

 

This special issue focuses on how digital serious games can contribute to the present knowledge society requirements that put a higher demand towards acquiring transferable skills.

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@Ignatia Webs: Serious Games? Join the free #mLearning course #MobiMOOC

@Ignatia Webs: Serious Games? Join the free #mLearning course #MobiMOOC | World Changing Games | Scoop.it

If you want to learn how to design serious games, this is a free course starting Sept 8, 2012

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Why Google's Ingress game is a data gold mine

Why Google's Ingress game is a data gold mine | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
The new game sees players do battle via smartphones as they roam their city – but it's paving the way for something even more interesting...
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Ludwig - a physics game #seriousgames

Ludwig - a physics game #seriousgames | World Changing Games | Scoop.it

Ludwig is a 3D adventure game on the topic of renewable energies, set in a sci-fi context, for players aged 10 years and older, that offers a new dimension to physics education. It is 100% based on the physics curriculum (two physics educationalists were involved) and is about collecting and analyzing data, finding resources, exploring the interactive 3D-world, and solving quests.

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Crowdsourcing Malaria Parasite Quantification: An Online Game

Crowdsourcing Malaria Parasite Quantification: An Online Game | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
In particular, we investigated whether anonymous volunteers with no prior experience would be able to count malaria parasites in digitized images of thick blood smears by playing a Web-based game. Methods: The ...
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History and Analysis of New Media - Would You Play a Game With Me?

Without any doubts, most of people, even once in a life was engaged in some game. No matter video, life or card one, every time game involved human to participate with story and became a player- the one that follow rules, score the goals, participate with a game and get feedback from results of a game. Is everything a game? What is a life? Can we participate with it, without awareness that we are a part of a game?...

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USAID Promotes Gender Equality and Improved Health Through Half The Sky Movement Mobile Games

USAID Promotes Gender Equality and Improved Health Through Half The Sky Movement Mobile Games | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched three mobile phone games through its public-private partnership with the Half the Sky Movement.

 

The games tackle key issues related to health and gender equity. The Family Choices game aims to increase the perception of girls’ place in and value to families, with a focus on keeping girls in schools; 9-Minutes introduces players to the key do’s and don’ts of having a healthy pregnancy; and in Worm Attack!, players work to rid themselves and their communities of intestinal worms.

 

“These new mobile games advance two of our most important priorities--the promotion of gender equality and the use of science and innovation to accelerate development," said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. "We are pleased to partner with the Half the Sky Movement in creating innovative, accessible solutions to reach and educate women and girls about critical social, economic, and health issues.”

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Can Video Games Be A Serious Learning Tool?!

Can Video Games Be A Serious Learning Tool?! | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Exhibitors at the Serious Games Expo in France insist that video games can be a serious learning tool that is not only fun to use but also helps people learn.
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The Whitecard Game

The Whitecard Game - a collaboration between Victoria University and Oztron which was supported by the National Vet E-learning Strategy.
The game covers hazard identification, reporting and control on a simulated work site. It is currently being trialed at a range of training organisations including Victoria University School of Construction in Newport.
It is free and can be downloaded from http://www.whitecardgame.com.au.

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Budget Hero- A Serious Game to Balance the Federal Budget

Budget Hero- A Serious Game to Balance the Federal Budget | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Think you can balance the Federal Budget? Give it a try with American Public Media's Budget Hero, a budget-balancing simulator that lets you try out fiscal policies to see how they'll play out over the next 20 years.
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IBM ,Serious about Serious Games with their Smart Play Framework Strategy

How would you use this?

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The serious side of gaming : UMNews : University of Minnesota

The serious side of gaming : UMNews : University of Minnesota | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
The U’s School of Nursing is working to develop a host of web-based, interactive games to aid in education and training.
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The World Peace Game: John Hunter at TEDxCitadel Park

John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4x5 plywood board, and he lets his 4th graders solve the problems. At TED2011, he explains how his "World  Peace" game engages school kids and how the lessons he teaches go further than any classroom lecture can.

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Don't Play Games With Me! Promises and Pitfalls of Gameful Design

Don’t Play GamesWith Me!promises and pitfalls ofgameful designSebastian Deterding (@dingstweets)web directions @media, London, May 27, 2011cb...
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