The 2018 Design Hive: Plenty of Buzz, and a Real Bee

The 2018 Design Hive: Plenty of Buzz, and a Real Bee

iThrive Design Hives are annual retreats with veteran game developers and scholars in the field. The iThrive team, along with these folks, works to identify best practices in game design, on various topics, after we review the scientific literature around components...
Overwatch Endorsements and Promoting Player Kindness

Overwatch Endorsements and Promoting Player Kindness

Blizzard Entertainment has added a feature to their co-op shooter, Overwatch (rated 13+ years), which promotes kindness in their player base. The system took effect in update 1.25 of the game. The idea is that after someone completes a team match, each player has the...
Seeking Contributors: Special Issue of Well Played

Seeking Contributors: Special Issue of Well Played

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...
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