Games connect

Viv Mcwaters

It seemed like a good idea to take some table-top games to play. I chose games that did not require any understanding of English: Ghost Blitz and Skip-Bo. Both games were a great hit. It seems easy to forget the power of games to connect.

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The games we play

Viv Mcwaters

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of games, play and movement. It was three days exploring games for humanitarian and development work led by Pablo Saurez from the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and Eric Gordon from the Harvard University Engagement Game Lab. Imagine sitting around a table playing a game with your friends – preferably a fairly complicated game requiring you to make decisions without knowing the consequences.

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A games-free zone?

Viv Mcwaters

This is the champion of games speaking. He’s probably been asked to play a ‘silly’ game. We set up a space, we introduce activities, we question, we cajole, we interpret what’s going on, we play ‘silly’ games. A games-free zone?

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How our workshop game confirmed all digital adoption is personal

Social Reporter

After that we asked how the life of their character might be changed if they adopted the ideas on the cards, and then to consider which device might be most appropriate – desktop or laptop computer, tablet, smartphone, smart TV or games console – and what sort of support might be useful.

2014 229

Let the games begin

Viv Mcwaters

But it’s not those sort of games I’m referring to. Not sporty, competitive games. Nor video games. And no, not board games either. These games are for fun. If games do all that, why don’t we play them more often?

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A game to realise community assets

Social Reporter

Since running a workshop game on Saving Slapham community spaces at the Community Matters conference, Drew Mackie and I have been working with staff there on a more sophisticated version about business planning and community assets. We are also working on an upgrade of the social media game.

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A social reporting game for community builders

Social Reporter

Then we played a new variation of the Social by Social game. We invented a fictitious place to give us a context, based on Slapham, which we have used in another game. Social reporting game cards. All posts games social reporting communitybuilding

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The Agnostic Game

How to Save the World

This little guy, unlike ‘us’, is completely immersed in the game of life; while he thinks and feels and senses, he takes nothing personally. A ll my life I have loved games — playing them, inventing them, even watching them. That metaphor is life as a game , à la Conway.

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The Stakeholder Collaboration Game

The Bumble Bee

The Stakeholder Collaboration Game allows teams to simulate increasingly complex scenarios involving multiple goals and multiple stakeholders. Click To play The Stakeholder Collaboration Game. Define 3 scenarios and set these up using the Settings Button in the game.

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Game Change: A Better World, WoW

21st Century Organization

Virtual game environments have that potential. Powerful research evidence is corroborating Kotter’s statement, particularly the 3 billion weekly hours we collectively spend frequenting virtual game environments online. Games are where millions of us spend our time.

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Media coaches game a digital neighbourhood

Social Reporter

I’m contributing by running a couple of workshops using a version of the social media game developed earlier in the year with Ed Klute, who runs a network for media coaches around Europe. The Social by Social version of the game at Reboot Britain and at Net Tuesday.

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Assassins Creed 2 and 3D Avatar game Tsuke

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Gary Hayes got an invite to the launch of video games Assassins Creed 2 and Avatar in 3D in Sydney tonight. Assassins Creed 2 Tokyo Game Show Trailer [HD]. 80% of parents play video games with their children (Daaaaad? In 2008, sales of video games increased to $1.96

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High performance leadership/decisions: business game findings

The Bumble Bee

Over the part few years I have been running in-house business games with a number of major enterprises who form executive teams for a global enterprise for a three year period over a single (intensive) day. So far 15 teams, of different levels of seniority, have fully completed the game.

2013 203

The Importance of Team Game Plans and RAPPORT

The Bumble Bee

Team Game Plans are essential when team is faced with a new and challenging task , such as a business simulation game.

2016 164

Playing the game of saving Slapham community spaces

Social Reporter

The Community Matters annual conference last weekend gave Drew Mackie and I a chance to test out a new workshop game that we hope will help local groups plan take over and run community buildings – or improve the ones they have. The game. All posts events games local ppchange

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Revenue: Social media games and virtual goods 2010

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

When I took out the patent – pre Facebook, pre Twitter – it was impossible to explain to investors how pixel products were going to jump from closed game worlds (Everquest) into the real world. They’re often used to monetize free games available on social networks such as Facebook.

Behavioural game design: A Review of popular Gamification Techniques

The Bumble Bee

Gamification, the use of game play mechanics for non-game applications , is a very topical area with many enterprises exploring how they might use it to generate new levels of engagement with their staff or customers (current and prospective).

2012 242

Play more games

Viv Mcwaters

A seemingly simple, meaningless game exposes each of us to our patterns of behaviour, to the voices in our own head that tells us what we should and shouldn’t be doing, making up rules that don’t exist and creating anxiety about performance, failure and the need to know.

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Playing the digital neighbourhood game

Social Reporter

In the past, working with Drew Mackie and others, I’ve used card-based workshop games like those here to help people play through the possibilities. Ed is a fan of the social media game , developed with Beth Kanter in 2007. Card for neighbourhood media game. You can can see a set of instructions for a similar game here. In many ways we were just replaying a game that has served well in lots of situations - you can find variations here.

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Social Media Optimization Simulator Game

The Bumble Bee

The Social Media Optimization Simulator Game lets you instantly 'what-if' the effects of different social media activities (blogging, tweeting etc) on your enterprise. To run the Social Media Optimization Simulator Game.

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Instant Team: Game-Based Learning for Accelerated Team Development

The Bumble Bee

Mechanisms such as competitive business simulation games or other short team challenges. Sadly, you cannot create a High-Performing Team in a day or afternoon or even over lunch.

2017 116

The blame game

Viv Mcwaters

I’m fed up with the blame game – so much energy spent on trying to figure out who’s at fault, who’s responsible.

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The Presence Game

How to Save the World

Games are like thoughts, he said to himself as he set up the activities and refreshments for his soon-to-arrive guests. War games, most notably, are practices, rehearsals for real events, he thought with a shudder. What might that game be like? . . . .

How do you play status games?

Net-Map Toolbox

Can you really refuse to play a status game, if the other person insists? And, whether I facilitate a Net-Map session, negotiate a contract or give career coaching, I am acutely aware of status games and know when I am invited to play one.

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Ken Thompson's New Book on GAME-BASED LEARNING (GBL)

The Bumble Bee

I am very pleased to announce the release of my new guide book: A SYSTEMATIC GUIDE TO GAME-BASED LEARNING (GBL) IN ORGANIZATIONAL TEAMS.

2016 116

15 Principles of Business Game Design for team-based learning

The Bumble Bee

I develop custom business games for team-based experiential learning workshops which usually have a significant computer element.

2012 192

How Playing Games at Work Can Help Boost Your Productivity


And, lately, it looks like the next victim from that group is gaming or playing games at work. But what happens *if* playing games actually makes you *more* productive? Just as well as playing games.

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New interview with Ken Thompson on bioteams and games

The Bumble Bee

I had a fascinating conversation with Rini Das , CEO of Pakra Games , where we discussed my work on business games and how it related to the theories and practices of bioteams which Rini subsequently published here.

2013 153

Playing the Social by Social Game

Social Reporter

The Social by Social Game really took off at Net Tuesday this week when some 20 participants invented a south London borough, created a set of project ideas for better health, happiness and the environment, and then went on to plan how social technology could yield these social benefits.

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Blog>> Catalogue of Journals Relating to Game-based Learning

Green Chameleon

Sutton has published an annotated catalogue of journals that publish in game-based learning, simulations, gamification,virtual reality and immersive learning. Our friend and colleague Michael J. He provides a brief description of the journal and its topical coverage as well as useful links. This field is so multidisciplinary, this is a very useful resource to have. Check it out here

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One game with three kids


Playing a 6+ board game with 8, 5 and 3 years old kids is a patience-testing endeavour. Yes, it’s tough to balance between their needs, but it’s also lots of fun to see what everyone takes out of the game ( Hoeveel zakgeld heb jij? *, which is about earning, spending and investing pocket money). He never buys anything in the game and tries to max on bank savings, because those make the best returns at the end.

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One game at a time

Viv Mcwaters

We’ve tried to emphasize that not all games and activities are designed to be used when facilitating (although they can be). Here’s something that puzzles me.

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New High Performing Teams Simulation Game from Bioteams Ken Thompson

The Bumble Bee

I am pleased to announce a new team business simulation game, CHAPTER, which in a half-day puts you through your paces as the newly appointed manager of a ten-person team. The simulation integrates best practices from Informal Learning , Game-based Learning and Business Simulation.

2014 142

Blog>> The Bird Island Game

Green Chameleon

I like learning games, and I especially like the Bird Island game invented by the guys at Knoco (thanks Kaye for the link), and written up in the April edition of Inside Knowledge magazine. The game has you trying to build a tower out of stationery supplies (as tall as possible).

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Attending a New Orleans Saints Game in the Superdome

Portals and KM

The Saints home games are great experiences and I wanted to see my new home team. The games begin with a three hour rally in Champions Square outside the dome. Below you can see my experiences through the pre-game into the game.

2013 151

Games, by Themselves, Will Not Increase Employee Engagement

Portals and KM

Here is the beginning of another technology week on this blog. There  There is a lot of talk about the lack of employee engagement and some talk about gamification software abd practices as a means to increase involvement. 

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New High-Performing Teams Online Game

The Bumble Bee

I have been thinking for a long time about developing an online game for High-Performing Teams which was complex enough to be useful but simple enough to be usable! To explore the thinking behind the A4 High-Performing Team Game or to play the demo.

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White Label Online Change Management Game (cohort) from Bioteams Design

The Bumble Bee

Bioteams readers might be interested to know that I have just launched Cohort - an Online Change Management Game which challenges players to explore different strategies to gain the support of a group of senior executives for a major change initiative.

New Case Studies published on Bioteams Business Games

The Bumble Bee

ISEE Systems , a leading developer of business simulation tools, have published reviews of two of the new Bioteams online/offline collaboration games developed using the ithink platform. Checkout my other articles about business games.

2012 136

Game-Changer Strategic Mapping Tool for Networks?

Networking Action

It has the potential to be a real game-changer for the field,” explains John Branam, director of programs at Grantmakers for Education. A proto-type of a new mapping tool called The Strategy Landscape™ (SL) is available for viewing. “It SL… M&E Net Dev mapping planning

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New City Community building simulation game

The Bumble Bee

So it really grabbed my attention when Channel 4 Education announced a forthcoming game, Fallen City , to let us explore how our cities might be mended by empowering communities. Building Community and Computer Simulation are two of my hot topics. News & Media

Changing the end-game.

Chris Collison

It’s a tough, but dramatic way to end a game – or a career as a popular footballer. The radical idea (proposed by UEFA, which represents European football associations) was to hold a penalty shootout at the start of every international game, just in case it ends in a draw. That way everyone gets to enjoy the drama of the event without creating instant villains – and the game which follows has an extra degree of urgency. Now that would be a game-changer.

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SCVNGR’s Secret Game Mechanics Playdeck

John Tropea - Delicious Faciliatation

Zynga has an internal playbook, for instance, that is a collection of “concepts, techniques, know-how and best practices for developing successful and distinctive social games&#. SCVNGR , which makes a mobile game with real-world challenges , has a playdeck. Companion Gaming.

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