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 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. The classroom experience is being...
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...
The Unintended Influence of Game Design

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...
Octopath Traveler and Helping Others

Octopath Traveler and Helping Others

Image from Nintendo Switch’s Octopath Traveler In my experience, there is little that is more motivating than the camaraderie of a group. Games provide many examples of different team dynamics, with many RPGs telling a story in which the protagonist gathers...
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