The Ultimate Boss Battle: A Memorial, Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

Gamers know and thrive on the Boss Battle the biggest and culminating battle in a video game. Of course, the idea of a boss battle goes back far before video games made... [ read more ]

Game Junkies: A Glimpse at the Dark Side of Gaming

Video games have been prominently blamed for violence since the Columbine shooting tragedy (April 20, 1999), but such facile, ill-founded scapegoating has been around since the rise of juvenile delinquency in the... [ read more ]

‘Meaningful’ Gamification and Education

Back on April 15th I attended a 1 day conference on Meaningful Gamification at the University of Buffalo’s (SUNY-State University of New York) Center for Tomorrow. Gamification is a popular but much... [ read more ]

The Role-Playing Society

Last week, Dr. Francesco Crocco, Associate Director of Excelsior College’s Online Writing Lab, was featured on The Versatilist podcast. Interviewer Patrick O’Shea spent an hour with Dr. Crocco discussing many aspects of... [ read more ]

Playing Shakespeare

By Stefan Köhler In line with the name of this website I think that it is not only interesting to foster learning in and through games and simulations but also learning based... [ read more ]

GDC 2016: Notes on a Philosophy of Conferences

This past March 14-18th, a traditional Spring Break week, I made my 3rd consecutive trip to the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. One of the most successful conferences in... [ read more ]

Professional Development: The Not-so Secret Sauce; a Visit with the Institute of Play

You can hand every student in the entire district a tablet, as the district in Long Island where I once taught did, but if the teachers cannot use the technology effectively, the... [ read more ]