We Can’t Design Games for Teens Without This

11/1/17 Susan Rivers & Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann

iThrive Games and EdTogether are co-designers and co-facilitators of Game Design Studio, a special game-based social and emotional learning program for teens. In this post, you’ll learn: what teens in Game Design Studio have said really matters to them; the goals and structure of the program; its key features; and a primary takeaway from our […]

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Oxenfree: Spooky and Meaningful Halloween Play

10/31/17 Michelle Bertoli

I’ll be hearing eerie radio static in my nightmares for the foreseeable future. That’s because last night, in preparation for my favorite holiday, I turned out the lights and spent three hours taking in the delightfully spooky Oxenfree, a horror game that uses tuning a handheld radio as a core mechanic. Released in 2016 by […]

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My Favorite Games from IndieCade 2017

10/17/17 Sean Weiland

From Oct. 6-8, I was lucky to attend the 10th IndieCade International Festival of Independent Games in Los Angeles. The weather was beautiful and ramen was available in more varieties than I was able to consume (although I tried). I set out through Little Tokyo to play as many games as possible and chat with […]

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That’s a Wrap on Design Hive 3

10/10/17 Michelle Bertoli

What do you call an enthusiastic gathering of game devs and psychologists? In the world of iThrive Games, that’s an #iThriveDesignHive! Our third Hive took place Sept. 21-24, 2017 in Anaheim, CA. We added a fantastic group of individuals to our collective Hive Mind, which includes indie, educational, and AAA devs and studio heads, top […]

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Making a Game in One Hour: The Power of Our Choices

09/12/17 Belinda Zoller

Editor’s note: At iThrive Games, we’re always curious about how video games—playing them and making them—can support personal growth and transformation, especially for teens and young adults just venturing out on their life’s path. Here, guest author Belinda Zoller, community manager for Extra Credits, reflects on a game design project that delivered meaningful insight…and fueled […]

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