Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Links

Happy Friday, friends! Some terrific stuff from around the web this week.
  • N'Gai Croal's column in Edge Magazine really resonated with me. Videogames can illustrate the pedagogical concept of scaffolding in really interesting ways, and here Croal discusses probably the best modern example, the brilliant Portal.
  • Speaking of education, this excerpt from Simon Ferrari's Master's thesis analyzes levels from Left 4 Dead to illustrate how the game's structural design is constructed to teach players effective strategies.
  • You may have already seen this terrific piece in which actual Japanese mobsters review Yakuza 3, but it's still worth linking.
  • I know this is a few years old, but I just discovered it this week: a study on the social habits of gamers garners some surprising results. Namely, that we're not all Jeff Albertson.
  • At GameSpy, football-phobe Chris Dahlen writes about learning the game through Madden NFL, and, in proper game critic fashion, makes us think about this American pastime as an improvement on your everyday turn-based RPG.
  • And finally, this post at new blog Hellmode discusses death in games and how "game over" doesn't mean what it used to.

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