It seems like a growing trend in forward-thinking corporations involves employee empowerment, and a real team mentality. The two recent examples that got me thinking about this are the unusual org structure at Valve, and the fact that Whole Foods keeps their employee salaries open for scrutiny. This week Kotaku released the Valve employee handbook (verified authentic by Valve). Evidently […]

I expected to beat Tropico 4 on President’s Day, but the final level turned out to be hell. Over that weekend, I failed it at least 6 times in a row, and walked away angry and vowing that I was done with Tropico. I went from loving the game to loathing it. I’d logged over 100 hours on it, played […]

The Latest of Us – 2-5-2014

So instead of a weekly thing, this has turned into a bi-weekly, maybe monthly, thing. Consistency is overrated! Since I last posted, I have signed up for my first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), via Coursera, about Gamification. I’m interested in MOOCs for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that, with any luck, they will be […]

The Week in Review 1-17-2014

  I’ve decided to start doing Friday summary posts about things that happened during the week in the various categories I obsess over. It’s so easy to just let interesting articles, ideas, and discussions march down the social media conveyer belt and off into the darkness. They deserve better. So here we go, highlights from my week in…   Pinball […]

Gamer, know thyself

For years, I’ve considered myself an Xbox gamer. I collected achievements, and spent time customizing my avatar. I beat Culdcept SAGA. I played through Oblivion twice fully, and Skyrim 1 1/2 times.  I have literally hundreds of hours logged on Xbox. But it’s been a while since the last Elder Scrolls game, and the Xbox has gone unplayed this year. […]

Gamification, using game-like mechanics in non-game parts of life like learning, exercizing, or doing chores, is all the rage. And while there are detractors out there who think it isn’t really a thing, it’s pretty clear that we’re entering an era full of it. But you can’t just slap some badges on your product experience and call it a day. […]

I just came across this Polygon article, “No Girls Allowed.” It starts off by touching on the issue of the segregation of boy and girl toys in department stores, a topic that also happens to irk me, but then dives into my current trigger topic; girl gaming.  This is a really good article, and it’s a long one, but you […]

ABL – always be learning

I was reading a post on The Ladders the other day about the concept of the sun setting on YOU, in a career sense. It’s a concept I think about a lot, trying to keep up with the right new tools and trends in a world marked by nothing but shifting tools and trends. It’s one reason I so eagerly dive […]

Reliving childhood with retro games

I’ve never really thought of myself as a “girl gamer”, but definitely as a “gamer”. My Dad worked as a chef in bars, hotels, and restaurants, so usually when we’d be there to pick him up, there was a Space Invaders or Play Choice 10 to be found. I also remember my first pulse-pounding experience playing Centipede at the local […]

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. – Macbeth We content marketers drive ourselves crazy.  Must blog! Must create content! And not just content for our day job, no.  […]