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more gaming with USAID?

From: Dan H.
Sent on: Thursday, December 6, 2012 11:15 PM
Folks,
thanks to everyone who came out to meet our USAID working group and hear about our project.  We've been wanting to link up with the Games Gateway group for a while, and we now wish we'd done it much sooner.  The time you took to listen and make suggestions was greatly appreciated.

I want to follow up on one suggestion in particular that I think you can help us with.

What games do you think the USAID IYCE core team should be playing?   Send in your suggestions.  Eventually, I'd like to set up a play session or two featuring a curated list of games that would be instructive (and fun!).  SimCity and CityVille are obvious candidates, but we are thinking thinking more broadly and generally as well given that playing games is new to most of the working group members.

My initial thoughts on how to curate this list was to orient them around objectives for these play sessions such as a) introduce some common game genres, b) show some examples of some basic game concepts like game mechanics, incentives / rewards, missions / quests, etc. c) illustrate game design principles.

My initial thoughts on structure of the sessions to make them manageable and most time-effective would be probably to have the team directly play games if they were easy to learn (i.e. casual games), but if they involve a significant learning curve, perhaps to have an experienced player walk us through some gameplay to exhibit the mechanic/principle we want to show, followed by discussion and perhaps hands on at that point.

What do you all think?  Would any of you be interested in volunteering to be player/experts, or participate in some other way?  Timeframe at this point would likely be after the New Year, but I may try to sneak in a short session with them before Christmas.

Thanks again, and regardless I'm looking forward to the next Games Gateway meetup!

Dan Henry
USAID/OTI



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