What Keeps Me Playing Games

"When people stop learning in a game, they lose interest and quit. When understood properly, therefore, games may in fact be one of the best models for learning and knowing in the twenty-first century. Why? Because if a game is good, you never play it the same way twice." (Thomas, Douglas and Brown, John Seely; A New… Continue reading What Keeps Me Playing Games

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Unpleasant Design

"Design should be about solving problems, not hiding them" - Extra Credits, 2018 While hunting for the link to a video I had previously seen about level design, I came across another I had viewed before that confronts the issues of unpleasant design. I wanted to bring the issue to attention because I feel like many… Continue reading Unpleasant Design

GIF Post: In Honor of Stephen Hillenburg…

I present to you, this moment of Spongebob Squarepants that often pops into my mind when I have writer's block and can't seem to focus: For context, in the episode titled "Procrastination," the main character Spongebob has to write an essay for his boating school class and continues to put it off until he eventually… Continue reading GIF Post: In Honor of Stephen Hillenburg…

Character Roles in Games (Briefly) Explained

"Entire categories of game characters (such as 'healers') have little or no advantage in individual play, but they are indispensable members of every team."  (Thomas, Douglas and Brown, John Seely; A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change, 2011) For any non-gamers out there, I figured I could briefly… Continue reading Character Roles in Games (Briefly) Explained

Nostalgia Reimagined: Let’s Go, Pikachu!

So over Thanksgiving, my husband and I binge-played Let's Go, Pikachu! while eating leftover pizza instead of enjoying the classic turkey dinner with family because who actually wants to fly 3000 miles back home over the holiday season? Certainly not me! As kids, we loved our first generation Pokémon games/cartoons. As adults, we love seeing the… Continue reading Nostalgia Reimagined: Let’s Go, Pikachu!

Mediated Writing Project: Cryptography

For my digital literacy class, we had to create a project in Microsoft Sway featuring either an original piece of writing advocating for something we care about OR a previously-written paper for a different course. I chose to do the latter, as I recalled that I had written a paper early last year that goes… Continue reading Mediated Writing Project: Cryptography