GUIDE: A Video Game for Challenging Your Fears

06/16/17 Michelle Bertoli

“The voice in your head is not always a truthful guide, and the journey of fighting your fear starts by making the choice to question your own narrative.” – www.guidethegame.com You are Fia, a baby phoenix just born back into the world from a pile of ashes. Lightning strikes the tree you call home and […]

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Zest in Video Games: Teens Need Some Excitement

06/2/17 Michelle Bertoli & Heidi McDonald

This article is part of a series that captures game industry experts’ opinions on game titles and mechanics that might boost habits, mindsets, and skills that empower teens to thrive. These insights arose from discussions at an iThrive Games-sponsored think tank with game developers and scholars. Teens are wired to venture out, take risks, and […]

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Brie Code: Cultivating “Tru Luv” for Video Games

05/26/17 Michelle Bertoli

“Most people who follow me seem to be playing video games more for what they wish they were than what they are. We all tend to agree that games as a medium has so much, so much potential and that we are just beginning to explore what that potential is.” – Brie Code When indie […]

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Purpose in Games: Empowering Teens To Explore Who They Are

05/5/17 Michelle Bertoli & Heidi McDonald

This article is part of a series that captures game industry experts’ opinions on game titles and mechanics that might boost habits, mindsets, and skills that empower teens to thrive. These insights arose from discussions at an iThrive Games-sponsored think tank with game developers and scholars. Only about twenty percent of high school-aged teens already […]

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John Krajewski, “Eco” Developer, On Play that Saves the World

04/21/17 Michelle Bertoli

It’s almost Earth Day, folks. To celebrate, get out there and hug a tree, join your local March for Science, then settle in and play Eco, Strange Loop Games’ award-winning online, multiplayer survival sim. Eco calls on players to work together on a shared server to tackle only the most pressing dilemma of our era: […]

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