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Serious/Meaningful Game Competition

Last year Michigan State U (where I got my PhD) started a Master’s program for Serious Game Design. I wish they’d had that back when I was there!

This fall they will be holding the Meaningful Play 2008 Conference.

Whether designed to entertain or for more “serious” purposes, games have the potential to impact players’ beliefs, knowledge, attitudes, emotions, cognitive abilities, and behavior.

Meaningful Play 2008 is an interdisciplinary academic conference that explores the potential of games to entertain, inform, educate, and persuade in meaningful ways. The conference includes thought-provoking keynotes from leaders in academia and industry, peer-reviewed paper presentations, panel sessions (including academic and industry discussions), innovative workshops, roundtable discussions, and exhibitions of games.

Director 11 is being marketed towards the serious game community and it just so happens that there is a competition for serious games at the conference. If you have a serious game ready (or even an idea or something under development) you may want to read a bit more in their call for games.

The submission deadline isn’t until August 15, 2008, so get busy. Sounds like a great contest for something done in Director. 🙂

If you make it there, be sure to stop by the cyclotron…and catch a football game.

Add comment May 18th, 2008

Attack of Spambots = Quiet Time

I’ve been rather quiet lately. My spare hours have been working on recovering from an attack of spambots attacking this site, and others. My poor little Mac Mini hosts a dozen sites while holding a martini glass for any visitors that may drop by. I’ve ignored security for the past N (where N > 10) on my blogs, but that has rapidly become a thing of the past. Hopefully I’m back up and running now, preferably without scissors 🙂

While I’ve been quiet I also noticed how quiet it was on the MXNA (Macromedia XML News Aggregator). They had some issues with their server, but the site is back up with a new and improved name of Adobe Feeds. Thanks to all of those at Adobe for the feeds. The site sure is faster than it used to be! Guess they now have a bit of power behind it. I know I’ll feel better now that I can browse through it in the morning.

Stay away hackbots…stay away…please!

Add comment May 6th, 2008

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