Game On! Gamification @ Big Design 2011

Game On Blog Post

I’m a little behind on this, but it’s always interesting to look back. In 2011 I gave a talk to a couple local groups and at the Big Design Conference on Gamification. We were hot off the heals of SXSW, where we had a great many talks, startups, and guests from the gaming world. But after more than a year, it’s still gaining ground, and we’ve yet to see the hockey stick growth in adoption – but I think it’s still coming.
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Gesture vs. Touch – observations from the Kinect for developers event

This past week I was able to speak to a large room of developers at the Gravity Center, who were all there to learn more about developing for Kinect. Which is really developing for sensors – of course Kinect development is much more exciting than sensor development :-) You could also say it’s designing for NUI – Natural User Interfaces, ways you’d expect to interact with interfaces if we didn’t have things like mice in the way. I was asked to speak, as a Designer (and the only one in the room) on the trends of Kinect interfaces, and give my perspective.
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Gamification 101 @ Refresh Dallas this week


Back in July I gave a talk during Big Design’s Gaming track on… what else, but one of the hottest UX topics around: Gamification. This was kind of a Gamification 101, to get everyone tuned into what’s going on, what people are doing with it, where you can learn more, etc… With over 150 slides of Gamification goodness – you got a good high-level view – and I’m giving the 101 again – with some updated tweaks at this month’s Refresh Dallas.
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Will gaming move towards mobile?


The first time I saw the jump in handheld gaming revenue share to iOS – it was pretty striking. There are 128 million Nintendo DS devices worldwide, 60 million for the PSP, and from what I can tell 100+ million iOS devices (yes, not all used for gaming). Google’s new app store (and investment in Zynga), will work great on any Chrome (Google) OS device. And let’s not forget Android, and the possible reassurance of WebOS. Are we moving to gaming on mobile for good? Let’s take a look at what’s going on…
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