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Stanford 125

by on July 1, 2016 2:45 am
The Stanford 125 website has been collecting stories to celebrate Stanford University’s 125th anniversary. They were kind enough to use one of Chris Bennett’s photographs of Neeraj Sonalkar from the Center for Design Research demonstrating Interactions Dynamics Notation to a delegation from the Dutch government. Visit Stanford 125 for more great stories about our wonderful… Read more Stanford 125
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Analog Game Studies: Volume I is now available

by on June 22, 2016 7:11 pm
Analog Game Studies is a bi-monthly journal for the research and critique of analog games. The journal is on its third volume currently, and their collected Volume I is now available for purchase from Lulu or free pdf download. The games research being done is academia is heavily weighed towards digital experiences. So it’s a delight to see… Read more Analog Game Studies: Volume I is now available
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How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design

by on June 7, 2016 1:47 am
Recently Professor Katherine Isbister was welcomed back to Stanford to give another talk by MediaX and GAIMS. Katherine is no stranger to campus, as she received her PhD at Stanford with Cliff Nass as her advisor. And she was a CASBS Fellow here in 2015. In her talk, she countered the argument that games are played only… Read more How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design

The Perfect Mix: Fogg Behavior Model + Core Loop

by on May 25, 2016 4:22 am
Within BJ Fogg’s Behavior Design Lab, we focus on developing behavior design frameworks and methods that designers can use to help people do what they already want to do.  As product developers and innovators we use these tools to create compelling experiences, products and services that people will repeat again and again. The Fogg Behavior… Read more The Perfect Mix: Fogg Behavior Model + Core Loop
The Habit Loop

The Habit Loop

by on April 30, 2016 12:22 am
Charles Duhigg’s book The Power of Habit introduced a concept called The Habit Loop. He breaks this into three steps: Cue: the trigger for an automatic behavior to start Routine: the behavior itself Reward: what our brain gets out of it “When cue and a behavior and a reward become neurologically intertwined, what’s actually happening is a… Read more The Habit Loop
Chris Bennett speaking at Bradley University

Game Design Thinking at Bradley University

by on April 14, 2016 6:43 pm
Chris Bennett recently had the honor to speak to students in the Interactive Media department at Bradley University, which has one of the top Game Design schools in the country. Department Chair and event host Ethan Ham recently authored a book on ‘Tabletop Game Design For Video Game Designers, and his students were primed to see how… Read more Game Design Thinking at Bradley University
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MediaX Spring Seminar Series On Games and Interactive Media

by on April 4, 2016 12:06 am
Ingmar Riedel-Kruse and MediaX have another wonderful lineup for their continuing seminar series on games and interactive media. In particular, we are really excited for the talks by Michael John, Sebastian Deterding, and Katherine Isbister. These happen every Tuesday from noon-1pm. Check out the link for more info. If you missed the Winter 2016 talks, you… Read more MediaX Spring Seminar Series On Games and Interactive Media
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IndieCade is Coming!

by on March 24, 2016 11:55 pm
This October, Los Angeles will be host to the ninth iteration of IndieCade, the biggest event in the nation that showcases independent games. Chris Bennett was honored to be selected as a juror for the IndieCade awards, and we are looking forward to an exciting line up of games this year. There are many tracks, such as video, arcade,… Read more IndieCade is Coming!
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What Can an Octopus Teach Us About Emotion?

by on March 21, 2016 6:06 pm
Some of the most innovative thinking at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco every spring comes from alt.control.GDC, where finalists are invited to show off their games and interactive experiences that use alternative controls and interaction schemes. Chris Bennett had a chance to demo some of this work and talk to the people who… Read more What Can an Octopus Teach Us About Emotion?

Interactions Dynamics Notation in the HIVE

by on March 19, 2016 10:32 pm
Have you ever been in the HIVE?  The HANA Immersive Visualization Environment is a scientific visualization wall that is 10 x 24 feet and is made up of 35 monitors that allow up to 16 users to connect at once. Quite a piece of technology for the Stanford Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME).… Read more Interactions Dynamics Notation in the HIVE