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Miitomo: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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When I try to sum up Miitomo, Nintendo’s first-ever mobile app, the best way I can think to do it is The Sims meets OkCupid (for kids). You’re picking cute outfits and accessories for a digital version of yourself or someone else depending on your preference (as in The Sims) and answering all kinds of random personality questions to help other folks get to know you (just like dating site OkCupid).

In typical Nintendo form, some design features are bizarrely clunky, others are intuitive and clever. Let’s break it down. Read More


Earning Achievements in the Classroom

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We’ve come a long way since the days of Mortal Kombat and Senate hearings on video games. In the last decade gaming has earned mainstream acceptance. Everyone games, whether it’s a teenager gunning down strangers online in Call of Duty, a child playing Minecraft with friends, or a grandparent playing Candy Crush on their phone.

For the most part gaming is still considered a purely leisure activity. That doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from video games and what makes them so successful. Gaming concepts like achievements and intrinsic motivation can help inspire students in the classroom to improve their grades and attitudes toward learning. Read More

7 Games You Should Be Riding the Hype Train For in 2016

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We’re barely into the new year, but I’m already super excited for the 2016 release lineup. Puzzle games, platformers, bold stylization, and Batman all have a special place in my heart, so I present to you here my completely biased list of games that you, like me, should be counting down the days to. I was especially glad to note that almost all of these games will be available on Xbox One, since I feel like its 2015 lineup was a bit lackluster. And look! Some of these will be available for Mac, too!

Without further ado, here is my countdown to my most anticipated game of 2016.

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