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November 30, 2012

New Humble Bundle


7 great games, pay what you want, donate to charity or the developers.

November 27, 2012

GVU Brown Bag: Ethnography and Virtual Worlds

GVU Brown Bag: Ethnography and Virtual Worlds

An interesting talk about virtual worlds and what can be learned from them which unfortunately you already missed, however you can watch the video!

Also more upcoming interesting talks can be found here:

November 16, 2012

Humble Indie Bundle

Check out this great way to get a lot of good games at whatever price you want to pay: Humble Bundle. You can also choose to donate the money to EFF, Child’s Play or the developers of the game. Right now they are doing a games for Android bundle (11 games for $6.50) but they change it every so often to different games and what not.

October 23, 2012

Messages and Mediums: Learning to Teach with Videogames

I read this chapter by David Thomas from Beyond Fun: Serious Games and Media.

This chapter brought up the concerns of violence in video games. However, he considered a different angle for the argument then I had heard before. If we can learn violence from video games, then we can learn other stuff from video games, in both an educational context and concepts other then violence from games like Grand Theft Auto, like driving around crazily will get you killed. The author also considered the other side of the argument using the same line of thought: if we don’t learn violence from video games, then what is there to say we learn educational concepts from games? I thought this was a really intriguing question when thinking about games for education.

October 13, 2012

Emotiv – Controller with your Mind

This thing is really cool! It reads your brain to control things on the screen! Someone even uses it move their wheelchair by THINKING forward, right, left, etc.

Ted Talk

October 10, 2012

Get Your Game Made

For those of you that are thinking of making a card or board game for the project but want it to look really nice, consider these guys:

It costs money but I think it’d be really cool to have an “official” version of your own game made.

October 3, 2012

1 Min Video

Team Members: Arun Padmanabhan, Harish Kanakaraju, Elisabeth Hutzel

Articles: The Importance of Play and That Cloud Game


September 13, 2012

OMG Girlz Don’t Exist on teh Intarweb!!!!1

Great article I thought might go with next week’s readings.

Seriously, read it; very funny.

September 10, 2012

Pecha Kucha – Set and Bohnanza

Team Members: Teresa (Chia-Chi) LeeElisabeth Hutzel, Saie Deshpande, Binjie Sun

Presentation here

August 26, 2012

SWOT Analysis – Set

Set card game

Set card game

Team: Chia-Chi (Teresa) Lee, Elisabeth Hutzel, Saie Deshpande, Ameya Zambre



  • Easy to learn
  • Fun and engaging
  • Any number of people can play
  • Good for analytical thinking skills
  • portable and replayable


  • No way to know for sure if there is really no set present; it’s also possible that someone recognizes a wrong set but no one notices it (no error checking mechanism in place).
  • What if two people find a set at the same time?


  • Use if for educational purposes to train children to develop analytical skills
  • Good for memory training and concentration, especially for people with memory loss or ADD/ADHD


  • If a card gets lost or damaged, you lose a set from the game.
  • Paper cut!
  • Arguments over who called the set first.


  • As an online game, infinite number of people can play it for an infinite time from all over the world.
  • Get hints
  • If no sets are present, computer can figure it out and present more cards.
  • Can be made into an interactive touch screen game; players will be able to rearrange the cards to help find sets.
  • Have different game modes available; the number of traits can be changed according to the difficulty.

Different Purposes:

  • For people who have memory lose or concentration problems
  • Good social activity for bringing the family members closer
  • Use for educational purposes to train children to develop analytical skills.

Other: check out Set Daily Puzzle for some Set practice