A Window into Playtesting with Teens

A Window into Playtesting with Teens

This week at iThrive, we had the opportunity to meet teens where they are and engage them in civics education by visiting US history and government classes at North Hollywood High School, Canoga Park High School, and Santa Paula High School in the Los Angeles area....
From Our Founder: iThrive’s Origin Story

From Our Founder: iThrive’s Origin Story

In my life I’ve endured bullying, natural disasters, divorce, cancer in the family, accidents, surgeries, physical disability, and two near-death experiences. Still, I consider myself lucky. My life has never come to a standstill, and I have always picked myself up...
Animal Crossing: An Example In and Out of Game

Animal Crossing: An Example In and Out of Game

This blog post was written during the summer of 2019.  Last Tuesday, fans of the popular Animal Crossing series had their thirst for news of a new game quenched with the announcement of Animal Crossing: New Horizons at E3. While many were disappointed with the fact...
Persona and The Unintended Influence of Game Design

Persona and The Unintended Influence of Game Design

Recently, I was introduced to the idea of ancient games and their purpose of training in society. In Egypt, many people played Senet in hopes that they could successfully move through the underworld, and in Greece, many soldiers played war games to ensure that their...
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