Recent News on Cheating in PUBG

Yesterday, BBC released an article stating that a code gang in China was arrested for the production of cheat programs. Specifically, these cheat codes were created for the game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), allowing players to have a competitive advantage during gameplay. For those unfamiliar with PUBG, it is a multiplayer online battle royale game in which 100 players…

Video Game Benefits in Surgery

Jonathan Harrison, in his TED talk titled ‘How video games can empower real world success’ (link), debunks the commonly held notion that games are a luxury that have little real world benefit. Instead, he talks about the skills gamers develop that transfer to real world settings. One real world benefit he briefly mentioned that I…

Is Pokémon Go a Racist Game?

It was interesting reading Allana Akhtar’s article Is Pokémon Go Racist?, as she points out a potential flaw in the game. She found there to be more PokéStops in predominantly white neighborhoods than that of predominantly black neighborhoods, and argues that both Hispanics and African Americans are both under appreciated and under represented in technological work spaces (for…

TED Talk on the Brain During Violent Video Games

Most of the research I have seen on how violent games are influencing children has only shown negative effects. However, Daphne Bavelier described during a TED talk (in 2012) that these action packed shooter games may actually have positive effects on the brain, when played in small doses. She first proves the commonly accepted statement –…

Body Games

Games have space. This is one of the core components of game design, and something that every designer must consider. What is the space of your game? What are the rules? What are the challenges? How do they interact to form a system that is compelling? Space is one of the more ambiguous categories, as…

Quest to Learn

My middle and high school experience, by all accounts, was unusual. In New York City,  students apply for middle school in 5th grade, much the way that senior students in high school apply for college, and with similar amounts of stress. For me, this process was, by and large, uninteresting. I applied to the middle…