Kids Got Game
About the Authors
Carla Engelbrecht Fisher, Ed.D, is the President and Founder of No Crusts Interactive, which provides interactive media strategy and product vision consulting. Drawing on 15 years of experience producing and researching children's media, she specializes in educational games and speaks and writes about the interplay of game design and developmental psychology in many forums. Dr. Fisher holds a doctorate in instructional technology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Master's degree in media studies from New School University.
Anne Richards is the VP of Product Development for Classroom Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to close the achievement gap by using technology and the world of work to engage, teach, and inspire adolescents. She has worked extensively as a game designer and television writer and uses her storytelling and production skills to create engaging interactive experiences for kids.
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Last week, The New York Times ran an article on the front page of the Arts section titled “Text Games in an Era of New Stories,” which declared that interactive fiction is having a moment. As a longtime fan of interactive fiction, and a big believer that games can tell wonderful, compelling stories equal to those in any other medium, it’s music to my ears.
I recently got back from one of my favorite conferences of the year – Games, Learning & Society in Madison, Wisconsin. This amazing gathering, which brings together academics, designers, teachers, distributors, and many other bright lights of the learning games community, was celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and feels more relevant than ever. Here are some of the most resonant takeaways.
A little over a year ago, while embarking on a new project, I posted a blog called “Time to Make the Donuts: Six things to do at the start of production.” Cut to this week when I find myself wrapping that very project up and thinking about things from the opposite perspective.
We talk a fair amount on Kids Got Game about the importance of playing other people’s games, whether it’s to get a sense of the competition, to think about how games make you feel, or to see how inappropriate games can inspire kid-appropriate adaptations. This week, Anne reviews some recent games with different core strengths, exploring how successful apps that speak to qualities that resonate with you personally can inspire new creations.
This week, Anne reflects on games that aim to make us examine our emotions. Through the lens of the recent indie breakout game for adultsPapers Please , she reviews some games that evoke a strong emotional response in both adults and kids, highlighting recent examples of interactive products that are targeted explicitly at fostering emotional literacy in children.
I’m headed to Game Developers Conference and am attempting another experiment that will create an archive of information on developing great games for kids. What questions do you want answered?