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Free Economics Games from Economics Professors

July 5, 2013

Free, Ready to play, Nothing to install, No need to register! Each student plays online on his cell phone, tablet or laptop. Nicolas Gruyer, a former economics associate professor, has partnered with a an experienced developer, Nicolas Toublanc, to develop the web-based market game airECONsim ( The objective of the game is to illustrate as… Read More ›

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A Computer Game about Gaining and Applying Detailed Insights into the Global Oil Industry

(Press Release) With the free, world-wide distribution of the real-time strategy game ‘Quest for Oil,’ Maersk unfolds the unknown universe of oil exploration and invites you to embark on a conquest of the depths of the seabed. Quest for Oil is the first game of its kind and with the convergence of forces, innovation and technology Maersk gives you… Read More ›

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Free and Open Source Civilization Game in HTML5 Browser

Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the Stone Age to the Space Age… Freeciv-web can be played online using a desktop computer, mobile phone or tablet. Freeciv-web has been optimized… Read More ›

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A Free Game for Exploring International Space Station – Spacewalk

Spacewalk is a networked interactive experience about taking a space walk outside of the International Space Station. This multiplayer game lets players collectively take on the role of astronauts navigating and exploring the structure of the space station. Spacewalk is an interactive experiment in alternative control schemes, free-form play, virtual embodiment, and metagame communication. Spacewalk was… Read More ›

Games Based Learning through Text Adventures (#GBL)

Reblogged from Remixing College English, this is an awesome article for bringing game-based learning into classrooms. (license : CC BY) photo credit: Sergey Galyonkin via photopin cc This week in the Games Based Learning MOOC, we’ve been focusing on two tools for GBL: AR/ARGs and Interactive Fiction/Text Adventures. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’m planning to integrate IF into… Read More ›

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Learning Java by Playing Video Games

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have created a video game that teaches students how to program in Java by casting spells and saving the world. The game, called CodeSpells, is a first-person, problem-solving adventure game, where the player takes the role of a wizard exploring a fantasy world inhabited by…well, gnomes. In this game, you… Read More ›

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Play as Mayors, Build Green Cities and Learn Science

Plan It Green is part of a growing trend that utilizes digital gaming to engage players around significant social issues. Plan It Green, the Big Switch is an online game that allows players to design and create their own energy-efficient city of the future! (features from the game website as below) Build new energy technologies and advance… Read More ›

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Join the Journey of Ludwig and Save Humankind

2098. Mankind has consumed all the earth’s fossil fuels and is forced to live on gigantic city ships that orbit the planet. A collision with an unknown flying object means an emergency landing is unavoidable. But without a helper down on earth, that’s as good as impossible… Do you have what it takes to be… Read More ›

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Startup Heroes: Learn Entrepreneurship the Fun Way (#GBL)

Dear Readers, I am the co-founder and CEO of the Startup Heroes, an online entrepreneurship educational game simulating the process of the startup creation in an engaging, interactive and risk-free real-life 3D environment. We are living an amazing journey! Most of the students today perceive entrepreneurship as too risky, too costly, too scary and… simply unknown! It is… Read More ›

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8 More Game Portals to Find The Right Games for Your Lessons

We’ve put together “6 Sites to Find The Right Games for Your Lessons“, now here are 8 more sites to find the right games. It’s exciting to see more efforts to help teachers integrating games into learning. Survey of Electronic Games that Teach Check out and select “Search” on the right. You can see information about 1500+ educational… Read More ›

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20 Apps (Games) for Play-based Learning

Even though older adults might still carry a negative association with video game consoles and devices, today’s technology is vastly different than it was 20 years ago.Apps have exploded on the scene, and while there are plenty of time wasting games available on the market, today’s offerings also include a wide range of affordable apps… Read More ›

Social Games for Training – Learn, Play, Manage

We see more and more applications of game-based learning in different areas, leveraging the seduction of play for positive changes isn’t limited in campus. LPMnage, Learn Play Manage, is a project to develop a social game aimed at promoting project management competences of professional and young workers on international projects. In order to ensure an adequate development of the… Read More ›

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NMSU Learning Games Lab Offers Free Apps

by Jane Moorman, New Mexico State University An easy, last-minute Christmas gift could be as simple as downloading an app. An estimated 2.4 billion apps are expected to be downloaded during the holidays. Thanks to app developers at New Mexico State University, new mobile device owners have access to free apps on a variety of research-based… Read More ›

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Crowdsourcing Science Research by Gaming

EyeWire is a “citizen science” community created to test the hypothesis that the uniqueness of a person, from memories to mental disorders, lies in his or her connectome. Created by the team at MIT’s Seung Lab, EyeWire enlists “citizen scientists” to analyze nanoscale brain images using web browsers and mobile devices. They trace the “wires”… Read More ›

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by Tancrid Muller, Fiction Engine Ask any person if they enjoyed studying and learning when they were in school, and most would answer “no way!” This is to be expected.  As kids we had only a pencil and paper with which to get the mounds of information into our under-stimulated minds. But lately, there have… Read More ›

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The End

by Tancrid Muller, Fiction Engine Remember those light-hearted platformer games that we all used to play back in the day (or still do); like “Sonic” and “Mario”? The toughest decision you needed to make in those games was deciding whether to jump on the evil mushroom or just let it go about its business. The… Read More ›

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6 Sites to Find The Right Games for Your Lessons

To look for appropriate and quality learning games that embody the learning objectives could be very time consuming. If a game is only “chocolate covered broccoli”, it simply isn’t fun to play. Today’s students have a sophisticated understanding of what makes a good game and will not easily tolerate poor design. But as an educator, he/she… Read More ›

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15 Business Simulation Games Could Build Hands-on Business Experience

Starting and managing a business could be very challenging and risky, now you can gain a hands-on experience from the following business simulation games. Play and learn, there are several free games definitely worth your time! INNOV8 (Free) From IBM, INNOV8 2.0 Full Academic Edition is a 1-hr playable BPM Sim game running on a 3D… Read More ›

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Can a Game Help Low-Income Youth Get into College?

By Henry Jenkins Today, the Collegeology Games project, a collaboration of the USC Rossier School of Education’s Pullias Center for Higher Education and the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Game Innovation Lab, launched Mission: Admission, a Facebook game designed to help underserved students, often the first in their families to aspire to college, navigate the complicated process of applying for… Read More ›

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‘A Slower Speed of Light’ from MIT Game Lab

“A Slower Speed of Light” is a first-person game in which players navigate a 3D space while picking up orbs that reduce the speed of light in increments. A custom-built, open-source relativistic graphics engine allows the speed of light in the game to approach the player’s own maximum walking speed. Visual effects of special relativity gradually… Read More ›

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40 Sites for Free and Quality Science Learning Games

Digital educational games, interactives, virtual labs are excellent resources to assist learning and raising interests for inquiry or investigation. To visualize concepts or to do experiments on computers are cost-effective and efficient. Some games even use role-playing techniques or story lines. Some games create a virtual journey which is impossible to have in real world. We… Read More ›

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8 Political Games for Educational Opportunities in the Election Season

Election related topics are hot now, educators or parents could take this chance to bring some political games to play together. With simulations on different topics available, the learning actually can delve deeper into much more than election activities and tricks. How to be a great leader of a nation, there are so many problems… Read More ›

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Zombie Plague – 3D Biotech Game Teaches Students

The STEMware™ project brings together collaborators in science and education research, teaching, and industry and incorporates an innovative professional and youth development program to create, implement, and evaluate STEM-based “serious game” software.  Scenarios related to modern biology but set in fantasy worlds are developed by educator-student-scientist partners and used to create STEMware™ game-based learning programs. STEMware™… Read More ›

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What in the World Happened to Carmen Sandiego?

The mission of the Cooney Center is to advance children’s learning through digital media. Today it released a study report on the edutainment industry history and lessons learned. What in the World Happened to Carmen Sandiego? The Edutainment Era: Debunking Myths and Sharing Lessons Learned Developers and others in the video game industry often attribute… Read More ›

Winner of ETS Assessment Games Challenge

Educational Testing Service (ETS) has challenged developers and educators to create a game that acts as a math assessment. The competition is looking for innovative ideas that produce evidence of students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in mathematics. The assessment tasks should be based on a Learning Progression for some field of mathematics in K-12. Two research-based Learning… Read More ›

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A Framework for Designing Instructional Games

from A KNOWLEDGE PLATFORM WHITEPAPER – 2008 Abstract In the last few years, there has been a lot of excitement about games in E-Learning. While everyone understands the concept of games (didn’t we all grow up playing games?), we see different interpretations of the word games when used in the context of E-Learning. The attempt… Read More ›

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20 Augmented Reality Experiments in Education

by Staff Writers at Augmented reality is exactly what the name implies — a medium through which the known world fuses with current technology to create a uniquely blended interactive experience. While still more or less a nascent entity in the frequently Luddite education industry, more and more teachers, researchers, and developers contribute their… Read More ›

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We Need More Games Like “Lure of The Labyrinth”

From press release of Learning Games Network (LGN) : NewSchools Venture Fund today announced a $200,000 investment in Learning Games Network (LGN), the leading game-based learning research and development studio. The investment will support LGN in building the market for high-quality learning games through the design and development of games and related tools; and help LGN… Read More ›

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20 Educational Games That Were Ahead of Their Time

by Staff Writer, While there has been a surge in the acceptance and prevalence of game-based learning in schools over the past decade, especially in light of the success of programs like Khan Academy, playing games in the classroom is nothing new. Educational games have been a commonplace part of the K-12 experience since… Read More ›

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Learning Game Winners at International Serious Play Awards

International Serious Play Awards is a program honoring exceptional examples of corporate, military, school/at home learning and games for good titles. The awards were announced during the 2012 Serious Play Conference, at DigiPen Institute of Technology. A panel of experts selected 18 serious games for recognition. This year’s entries included international submissions from Canada, Spain, India, Singapore, the Netherlands and… Read More ›

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Gaming Against Plagiarism

As a part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program, the Marston Science Library at the University of Florida received a two-year grant award to create an online game (Gaming Against Plagiarism) that engages STEM graduate students with research ethics. The Gaming Against Plagiarism (GAP) project completed development in… Read More ›

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Teachers’ Voice on Using Games in Classrooms

Based on new research conducted by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and BrainPOP, Allisyn Levy highlighted teachers’ candid attitudes and beliefs about the future of games in the classroom in this presentation. What types of games are played? What type of games are on their wish list of educational tools? What type… Read More ›

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25 Online Games for English Language Learners

by Angelita Williams, GameZone: Dozens of simple, straightforward games about grammar, spelling, and vocabulary reach out to English language learners at all levels. Keep in mind, however, that this site is based in the U.K. and follows a different set of linguistic rules than American English. This series of vocabulary and games runs the… Read More ›

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Gaming in Education: A Tool for Success in the Primary Classroom?

by Rachel Garcia Gaming in schools is a hot topic and the recent surge of mobile devices in classrooms makes this issue even more relevant today. With many schools placing mobile devices, such as iPads, in the hands of children as young as five years old, how this technology is used, and ultimately its success, depends heavily on how… Read More ›

Gaming Can Build Connections

Engagement is the only solution for better learning. “Connect with Culture and History through Game-Based Learning” is about a virtual environment giving authentic learning opportunity for aboriginal youths. Another story about learning tribe’s traditional language through video games is here. Pauma tribal member Cyndy Bond, 11, has grown up speaking English and playing video games. So to learn… Read More ›

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Connect with Culture and History through Game-Based Learning

This post “Reconnecting Aboriginal Youths through Game-Based Learning” from alerts us this example of game-based learning that’s worth sharing. Combining an innovative role-playing game with an extensive array of historical resources, is a digital space for Mushkegowuk Cree youths to reconnect with their culture and history. Available online for the first time are rare photographs… Read More ›

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Fun – A Prerequisite for Learning Games

With a great title: “Fun – A Prerequisite for Learning Games”, this publication intends to demonstrate how to add fun elements into learning games, especially mobile learning games are important since tablets and smart phones are getting prevailing. Hannak, C., Pilz, M. & Ebner, M. (2012). Fun – A Prerequisite for Learning Games. In Proceedings of… Read More ›

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10 Online Games with Social Purposes

Game designer Jane McGonigal firmly believes that video games are not just about mashing buttons and getting to the next level. In fact, during her talk at TEDGlobal 2012, McGonigal gave several surprising statistics: that online gaming can be more effective than pharmaceuticals in treating clinical depression and that just 30 minutes a day is correlated with… Read More ›

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Games for Health Care

8th annual Games for Health Conference had just been held at Boston. A recent report by analysts at Ernst and Young on trends in the global life science sector noted the rise of gamification in health and hailed its great potential in several ways. The following information is from Reuters. For Sick Persons Since gamification… Read More ›

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Half The Sky Changing The World through Gaming

With low-cost handsets and increasing penetration of mobile phone networks globally, millions of people who don’t have regular access to computers or fixed-line telephones now use mobile devices as daily tools for communication and data transfer. Today, there are 3.5 billion mobile phone users in the world; more than 65 percent of them are in… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).