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How to Make a Learning Game

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

It Begins With An Idea Video games typically begin with design, either starting with a great idea or pursuing a creative solution to a tough problem. It is entirely possible to imagine games for which there is no demand, or to identify a space where there is a need but no good game can be …

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Getting the Most out of HTML5

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

Quality matters. Your audience does not care about the technology you used to develop your game. The big questions for consumers are: how do I get it, will it run on my device, and is it as good as any other experience I could have on this device. The tough problem for HTML5 is meeting …

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Why Build Learning Games?

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

If you could create any game, what would you make? Would it be a chaotic universe where anyone can be a superhero, an epic intergalactic adventure, or a medieval fantasy world with wizards and dragons? After several years in the games industry, my answer is creating learning games. Though it may not seem obvious at …

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The Balancing Act: Including Others in Your Designs

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

Designers, we are not the only ones with ideas and solutions. There is a careful balance we must maintain between designing features by ourselves and gathering the developer’s ideas and feedback. A game is a bajillion times better when it’s the combination of everyone’s creativity. It’s the kind of thing that’s obvious in theory but …

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Quality Assurance and Learning Games

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

One of the challenges the QA team at Filament faces is that our players are often children and our team is made up of adults. That isn’t a problem when testing a crash or a missing art asset, but it can be when we test the user experience. Here are three things I try to keep …

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Research Roundup: Studies Support Game-Based Learning

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

In the past decade, there has been a substantial amount of research on learning games. Some researchers have recently completed meta-analyses pulling all of the evidence together to see what conclusions are emerging so far. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center has also completed a survey of 694 K-8 teachers focusing on digital games in the classroom. …

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