What happens when you try to exploit the engagement energy of games without respecting the features that make them engaging.
What if life is really a game? Many writers and thinkers have said so; but what does it mean? In this book, economist and game design professor Edward Castronova tackles the question head on.
This game simulates an American civil war in the year 2040. There is also a free version suitable for classroom exercises. Nov 2020: Draft game board added
I made a game to help organizations respond to things like COVID-19. It’s being offered for free as my contribution to the crisis. This is a simulation of a virus pandemic attacking a US state. Players play all the critical roles: Governor, National Guard, Police Chiefs, Doctors, FEMA, CDC, and the President. Solid takeaways and very engaging too. See inside for details on running it for your group.
18 months of research finds no evidence that violent games cause social violence.
More than 15 years ago, I wrote this paper about the economies of games. The nice people at Today I Found Out recently made a video about it. Thanks to former student Sami Stegall for the heads up!
An interview with Quartz Media’s Jacob Templin on the game industry and its revenues.
A free game about alcoholism and the Alcoholics Anonymous program.
A decade ago, I predicted that games would change how people approach politics.
I was honored to join the advisory board of Forctis, a blockchain startup….
Developments in online games point to a future of designed digital anarchy.
A promo about the Game Design program.
In a massive experiment on money, a virtual society seems to act like a real one.
I was honored to join the Advisory Board of Infiniverse, an alternate-reality startup….
“Why God?” is often asked about the real world. It seems like a hangover from our goat-herding days. How odd, then, that Gods are everywhere in fantasy worlds. Why?
I was honored to join the advisory board of Nonagon Games, a new…
If you created your own world, would you allow evil? Here’s a game that lets you try.
Within a generation, millions of low-income people will support themselves by playing games.
Game design belongs at universities.
I was invited to introduce the film Thank You For Playing, a documentary…