Video Games – Why Do We Play Them?

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on the reasons why people play video games. I’m trying to understand as deeply as possible what makes games different from other forms of entertainment. Even more so, to understand a bit more about myself by understanding what it is that compels me to even pick up a controller or a keyboard, and why video games became a life long love, rather than just a childhood past time meant to be grown out of.

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Gamification – What Makes a Game, a Game?

There is a project that has started at my school, UoPeople, that is interested in the gamification of┬áthe APA style of academic writing. I thought I’d share my initial input to the project with you.

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UoPeople – Week 6: Making a Sacrifice

Week 6 at UoPeople is almost complete!

It was Victoria Day weekend here in Canada, which made for a very busy weekend filled with distractions, and obligations, making it difficult to keep up with my school work. With some careful planing, prioritizing and sacrifice, I was able to find a way to balance school, work, and play this weekend… Let’s talk about it.

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UoPeople – Week 5 – Learning From Mistakes

Learning from mistakes made during week 5.

Today marks the last day of my 5th week at UoPeople. I’m still moving along strong in my courses but I have made a big mistake this week that I’d like to share with you. Find out what UoPeople is here.

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UoPeople – Week 4

It’s now half way through week 4 at UoPeople, and I have to say that my experience so far has been very good! My courses have been challenging me, but I’ve also really enjoyed the topics in the reading assignments. The school just launched the UoPeople network on Yammer, which is basically Facebook for work groups, or in our case school. But more on that later below.

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Playing Zelda – When you have no time

It was not too long ago that I posted about fitting video games into a busy lifestyle. From the post it could be gathered that playing Zelda is no longer a possibility for us parents of young children. Continue reading Playing Zelda – When you have no time

University of The People – First Impressions

Yesterday was my first official day at University of The People. So far, the overall experience has been great, but there are a few issues that have occurred to me, as I begin my studies with the institution. Despite the issues, I still have warm feelings entering my courses.

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Update: March 22/15

It’s been a little while since my last blog, so I’m just updating what I’ve been up to lately.Since the original purpose of this blog was to post about my struggles and progress, as I teach myself how to program, I thought that’s what I should focus on doing in today’s post.

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Super Meat Boy – Review (For Busy Dads)

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 Super Meat Boy

I’ve decided my first review for the “Busy Dads” (and moms) series, will be a game that sets the bar for pick-up-and-go gaming! Super Meat Boy! This game definitely isn’t news to many, but for those of you dads that haven’t had the time to keep up with every game that comes out, I’ll give you a brief overview before we dive in.

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