This Wall Street Journal article suggests the health gaming industry will increase to $10B by 2015. The path to 10x growth in 3 years..using games to treat patients. I think this is a bit optimistic, but still exciting to ponder even if over a long time horizon.
You have to check out this video from the MIT Technology Review. Leap Motion is a $70 gesture control system that plugs into any computer and gives a gesture interface ala Minority Report. Pretty incredible stuff. Check out the video and then head over to The Verge web site for more information.
These videos have been out for a while, but I just came across them recently. Be sure to view the last “Unpacked” version. I really like the midpoint of version 2 which shows new medical visualization technology for collaboratively reviewing patient MRI.
Mirroring Jane McGonical’s GDC presentation last year, Judd suggests that just adding Badges and Virtual Points alone won’t motivate users since they aren’t considered “rewards” by all users. http://www.technologyreview.com/web/38342/?nlid=nlweb&nld=2011-08-24 And then a counterpoint article of examples where virtual points ARE being successfully used by UK Department of Work and Pensions and several other examples. http://www.technologyreview.com/business/38191/?nlid=nlbus&nld=2011
Flash is dead!! Well almost, as soon as the 100,000s of actionscript programmers convert their stuff to HTML5. There are a lot of serious games written in Flash. It’ll be interesting to see them port to HTML5 and what ecosystems are created to support those efforts. A great HTML5 serious game engine would be appreciated. [...]
A recently released World Bank report suggests “…third-party gaming services industry, of which actual gold farming is only a small part. The total revenues of the industry are estimated at 3.0 billion USD.” They estimate 100,000 full time equivalents just gold farming Games like World of Worldcraft allow players to level up by completing mundane [...]
Emergent Technologies, owners of the Gamebryo Lightspeed Engine, are being offered up for asset liquidation. The company racked up $30 million in operating expenses between 2005 and 2009. The sale is laying waste to $40 million of equity funding the company received from many venture capital firms including ?Worldview, Jerusalem Venture Partners and Cisco Ventures. (Via [...]
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