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Video games can develop graduate skills in higher education students – new study

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The results of a University of Glasgow study that found commercial video games may be used to develop skills known as ‘graduate attributes’ – including communciation, resourcefulness and adapatability – have been published in the journal Computers & Education. The results suggest that video games may have a role to play in higher education. Barr,… Continue reading

Never Alone: Developer Interview

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Following our enlightening Never Alone play session, I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Grant Roberts, Lead Game Designer on the atmospheric puzzle platformer, to get the developers’ perspective on the importance of communication in the game. Did you, as the designers of the game, set out to communicate with the player? If… Continue reading

Portal 2

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Valve’s much-loved Portal 2 was, perhaps, one of the more obvious commercial games to play as part of a project that looks at communication and collaboration skills, as it features a particularly robust and inventive cooperative mode. From a practical point of view, it is also worth noting that the cooperative portion of the game… Continue reading

Gone Home: Developer Interview

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I was delighted to be able to interview Karla Zimonja from Fullbright about the studio’s unique “story exploration video game”, Gone Home, which we looked at as part of the Games for Communication project. I begin by asking if the designers of the game had set out to communicate with the player: “I would say… Continue reading

Never Alone

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Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is a BAFTA award-winning game created by Upper One Games in collaboration with Alaskan Native storytellers and elders. The game draws heavily on the traditional lore of the Iñupiat people and is intended as the first in a series of “world games” that the developer hopes will “draw fully upon the… Continue reading

Gone Home

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The Fullbright Company’s Gone Home was, perhaps, always going to divide opinion amongst our group of volunteers. Generally very well received – it currently boasts a Metacritic rating of 86 – Gone Home has irked some who feel it challenges their personal definition of what a video game is*. Our group certainly included a small… Continue reading

The Walking Dead

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Our student volunteers were this week asked to play the first episode of Telltale’s critically-acclaimed The Walking Dead game. An adaptation of the comic book by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, The Walking Dead is a narrative-driven game that asks the player to decide how to respond to a series of character interactions… Continue reading


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This week, we ran the first of our Games for Communication gaming sessions, playing Minecraft on PlayStation 3 (one of the versions developed in Scotland by 4J Studios). Our student volunteers were split up into pairs with a mixture of previous Minecraft experience in each pair e.g. one coupling comprised a highly experienced player and… Continue reading

The Games for Communication project begins

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The Games for Communication project gets under way in earnest today, with student volunteers taking a battery of tests relating to communication style and competence as well as a few other tests intended to measure related skills such as those associated with collaboration. The instruments being used to measure communication skill include: Self-Perceived Communication Competence… Continue reading