It’s finally summer!!!  Dissertation defended and published – check!  Proposals for conferences submitted – check!!  A line up of computer games to play and review – check and check!! As a side bonus, I have signed up for an MOOC in Gamification, being offered by Kevin Werbach of the University of Pennsylvania via Coursera.  Should be an interesting late summer as I play, study, and write about serious and educational uses of computer games.  (By the way, I also happen to think that they are fun too.)

I will also be working on development of a financial literacy game of my own.  No working title yet, just an early concept and the desire to learn HTML 5 to create a browser-based casual game for learning and practicing basic financial literacy concepts.

Games, virtual worlds,  and gamified endeavors that I will be reviewing:

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Fitocracy
  • Nerd Fitness (and maybe a beta of their new fitness MMORPG)
  • Gaia Online
  • Mine Craft
  • Skyrim
  • D & D Online
  • Star Craft II
  • Mindbloom

Others may creep in there (and hopefully won’t blow up, taking out half of my building and all of my armor) as I look at other titles.  Friends have recommended Diablo III and League of Legends as great ways to beat the summer heat too.

And all the while, look for my guest posts at the sci-fi/fantasy book blog On Starships and Dragonwings.  Summer is a great time to indulge in all of the light stuff that the academic year pushes aside, although I do have plenty of THAT reading lined up for this month as well.