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What can UX designers learn from video games?

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Discussing the PlayStation Move with Sony's Dr. Richard Marks

Sony's about to take a huge leap forward in motion control. This fall it will roll out the PlayStation Move, a wand-shaped motion controller that works in conjunction with a video camera (PlayStation Eye) tracking its position in space. The result is a highly precise, richly functional, and broadly accessible…See More
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Interview with Jesse Schell

Last week I spoke with game designer Jesse Schell, the highly influential author of "The Art of Game Design", professor at Carnegie Mellon, and CEO of Schell Games. His presentation from the 2010 DICE Summit, in which he mapped out a future where gamelike experiences will be integrated into everything from toothbrushes to bus rides, went viral and sparked widespread… Continue

Posted by John Ferrara on August 9, 2010 at 8:59pm

Can games bring real social change?

I’m thrilled to unveil “Fitter Critters”, a video game designed to teach 9-to-12-year-olds healthier eating habits. I developed this game in collaboration with a brilliant team* as an entry to “Apps for Healthy Kids”, a contest sponsored by the USDA and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign. The contest explores the potential for games to bring about meaningful social change, an idea of which I’m a… Continue

Posted by John Ferrara on July 25, 2010 at 6:47pm

Discussing the PlayStation Move with Sony's Dr. Richard Marks

Sony's about to take a huge leap forward in motion control. This fall it will roll out the PlayStation Move, a wand-shaped motion controller that works in conjunction with a video camera (PlayStation Eye) tracking its position in space. The result is a highly precise, richly functional,… Continue

Posted by John Ferrara on April 28, 2010 at 10:43pm

Send your questions about the PlayStation Move

Next week I'll be interviewing Dr. Richard Marks, Sony's R&D manager of special projects, who developed the EyeToy, PS Eye, and PlayStation Move peripherals. If you're not familiar with the Move, it's a motion controller that uses a video camera to track a wand held by the player, creating a high-precision input device. A video demo is available here.



In the interview, we'll be discussing the process of… Continue

Posted by John Ferrara on April 16, 2010 at 8:02am

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What are you playing? 15 Replies

What video games are you playing right now? Do you think they're good or bad player experiences? Why?

Started by John Ferrara in Uncategorized. Last reply by James Melzer Jul 26, 2010.

Will the iPad be a credible game platform? 2 Replies

When it unveiled the iPad, Apple promoted the ultraslick tablet as a book reader, productivity machine, movie player, and gaming platform.  Will games be widely played on the iPad?  Will they drive…Continue

Tags: apple, ipad, ux, games

Started by John Ferrara in Sample Title. Last reply by James Melzer Jun 21, 2010.

Games with interesting UI's 10 Replies

Games often have highly inventive UI's. Have you ever played one that you thought was especially interesting, engaging, or useful? Describe it, and tell us why you thought it was noteworthy.

Started by John Ferrara in Uncategorized. Last reply by Steve Spatucci Jun 15, 2010.

What game patterns could be useful in conventional user interfaces? 1 Reply

Should websites and desktop software adopt patterns that emerged in games? Can you name any such patterns, and suggest how they could fit into a nongame interface?(Suggested by Harald Goergens)Continue

Tags: experience, patterns, user, UX, design

Started by John Ferrara in Uncategorized. Last reply by Robert Patey Jan 20, 2010.

 
 
 

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