This year marks my first year at the Tokyo Game Show. It also marks the first time I've ever been to Japan. I've heard stories about how different it is, of course, and I've seen Lost in Translation more than once. So, before I arrived in Tokyo, I had considered the possibility that there might b...

3 years ago 0 Comments
September 19, 2011 at 10:00AM
Post Thumbnail

In a video presentation at the Game Developers Choice Awards, White House chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra discussed the Apps for Healthy Kids project, a plan to encourage game developers to collaborate with government to work against childhood obesity. The latest component, an Apps for Hea...

5 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

The public health unit in London, Ontario has put together a trivia-based video game called Adventures in Sex City, a sort of comic-book inspired quiz with some ... stiff penalties for failure. You can play it here, but if you're at work, you probably shouldn't. According to Shaya Dhinsa, manage...

5 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Australians have gotten the short end of the gaming stick for some time now, with several games either receiving edits or simply being banned because of the country's lack of an adult classification. Now you can be the one doing the stick shortening thanks to the free downloadable title Ban This Ga...

5 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

What is the metagame? It can mean a lot of different things depending on context, but all of the meanings share the sense that the metagame is not the game itself, but something above and affecting the game as a whole. In a casual game of poker, the metagame could be as simple as one of the player...

5 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Perhaps as penance for all the brains it's helped to rot with WoW, Counter-Strike and Dolphin Olympics over the years, AMD has announced that it has awarded three grants for the creation of educational or "serious" games to build skills in science, technology and math. There are, of course, no speci...

5 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

We weren't sure what to expect when we rolled up to the first annual Knight News Game Awards, wearing our finest armor and eager to graciously accept our much-deserved award for sharpest swords. It turns out the ceremony, named for its sponsor -- the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation -- is de...

5 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

The South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, Tourism and Starcraft (okay, we made that last one up) plans to invest ₩80 billion ($64 million) in serious games. The Korea IT Times reports that the ministry is trying to grow the market to ₩500 billion ($400 million) by 2012. Minister Yu In-chon not...

5 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq ("LGJ"), a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: One of the areas in which the law firm I work for focuses on is international trade, which many of us might assume doesn't have a significant impact on the video game ...

6 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

One of the first things we were going to do as soon as we became super-private-island rich was to create a giant chess game where the pieces were played by people. Well, we were actually planning on man-sized Bejeweled, because chess so often makes our think-meat sore. Tragically, we've been beat...

6 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

As chair for the UK's Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill, Lord David Puttnam has been a voice for raising awareness about issues affecting the environment. Now the film maker and Labour Party politician is looking to video games as a means to help educate people about d...

6 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Developers Vicious Cycle Software have offered up the studio's cross-platform Vicious Engine middleware to students attending the Indiana University School of Education, giving those aspiring to a life of game development some helpful hands-on time with real-world tools. But don't go expecting t...

7 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Video games. Is there anything they can't do? Not if you believe advancements in the emerging serious games market, which has produced programs aimed at doing everything from teaching cancer awareness and medical practices to treating veterans for posttraumatic stress disorder. Now Chrysler and de...

7 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

A new glucose monitor targeted at children with Juvenile Diabetes hopes to entice its young users by doubling as a video game. The GlucoBoy tests small amounts of blood for glucose levels, just like a normal glucose self-diagnosis device. Upon plugging it into a Game Boy Advance or DS, however, Gl...

7 years ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

DDR and the Wii have done a good job getting kids (and adults) off the couch and moving. Now HopeLab, a prominent contributer to the growing 'serious games' movement and developer of the surprisingly fun third-person cancer awareness shooter Re-Mission, has announced Ruckus Nation, a new online comp...

7 years ago 0 Comments