Games for Personal Growth: A Design Process

07/11/17 Brie Code

“When I think of my friends saying they want to ‘grow and change’ from the media they consume, I know they would find games designed around developing their strengths to be rewarding.” – Brie Code Editor’s note: We were lucky to have Brie Code at our February 2017 design hive in Anaheim, CA. She told […]

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Seeking Contributors: Special Issue of Well Played

07/5/17 Heidi McDonald

UPDATE: Aug. 23, 2017. Please note that the deadline for submissions has been extended to Oct. 1, 2017. iThrive Games, in cooperation with Carnegie Mellon’s ETC Press, has released a call for submissions for a special peer-reviewed issue of the Well Played journal. We have recruited a team of highly respected game academics from around […]

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Officially Introducing Our New Name and Logo!

06/28/17 Michelle Bertoli

At the root of iThrive Games is a focus on strengths and the power of play to support learning and growth, especially in teens. Over the past few months, we’ve been revisiting how we convey that message through our visual brand. When Dorothy Batten first founded our organization in 2014, we went by iThrive. Our […]

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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.” – 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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