Practical Functions of Psychology - Gamification

May 5, 2017

Gamification is a fairly new phenomenon that is being used in many areas of education as well as the workforce.  In order for this technique to be used successfully, it’s important to understand the factors that allow the learner to engage in the activity and retain the information.  Motivation is one piece of that puzzle.  This podcast will discuss the importance of motivation (and flow) in gamification.  This is helpful for anyone who is using gamification in their area of work, classroom, or anyone designing games for this purpose.

Contributor: Kelle Daniels


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Narrative or Sandbox? Taking a Look at No Man’s Sky

October 28, 2016

In this episode we will take a look at two contrasting styles of video games: those that are driven by story, narrative and character and those that are “open sandboxes.”  No Man’s Sky will be discussed to see if it has failed or if it is successful as a game without a narrative thrust.  Can games without narrative or character be successful.  If so, how?

Contributor: John Conway


Game Designer’s Workshop: World-building 101

October 14, 2016

In this episode the concept of world-building is discussed in order to help designers create immersive contexts for their games, settings that are consistent and believable.  Advice is shared by writers like Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Gary Gygax.

Contributor: John Conway


Practical Functions of Psychology - Video Games Can Be Helpful!

September 9, 2016

Video games are a billion dollar industry.  155 million Americans, of all ages, play video games.  It is the preferred form of entertainment for most kids.  Due to the impact of video games on our society, it’s important for parents, educators, gamers, and game designers to understand the effects of video games.  Retrospectively, video games have received negative publicity.  Within the research, there is controversy regarding the negative effects of video games.  But, video games can also be helpful.  This podcast is going to focus on the positive attributes that video games provide to individuals.

Contributor: Kelle Daniels


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