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Beestenbende technical wrap-up

I usu­al­ly tell peo­ple that devel­op­ing games is the most chal­leng­ing and also the most reward­ing dis­ci­pline in pro­gram­ming out there. You get to solve real­ly rather dif­fi­cult prob­lems with aston­ish­ing reg­u­lar­i­ty and every­thing you can squeeze out of the tech­ni­cal envi­ron­ment has a sig­nif­i­cant impact on the play­er expe­ri­ence. That makes it a bit […]

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Beestenbende

A game for fam­i­lies vis­it­ing the cab­i­net of curiosi­ties at Uni­ver­si­ty Muse­um Utrecht, about look­ing at things through the eyes of sci­en­tists.

Designing Playful Museum Exhibitions

In Feb­ru­ary of this year I went over to Rein­wardt Acad­e­my to work with exhi­bi­tion direc­tion stu­dents. I was invit­ed by Mario Jelle­ma to share my per­spec­tive on the role of play and play­ful­ness in muse­ums. I enjoy talk­ing to stu­dents, but I like work­ing hands-on with them even more. So we turned the ses­sion […]

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Three Perspectives on Serious Games

At the end of last year I was invit­ed to give a talk at Cre­ative Morn­ings Utrecht on the theme “edu­ca­tion”. I fig­ured it would be a nice oppor­tu­ni­ty to share the things I’ve learned over the past 5+ years of prac­tic­ing applied game design. I tried to con­nect a wide range of sources with […]

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An Outline of Playful Design

In the sum­mer of last year we announced a new direc­tion for the stu­dio, which boils down to us no longer fram­ing our work as game design, but as play­ful design. We are inter­est­ed in design­ing a wide range of play­things, and we are also inter­est­ed in design­ing things that aren’t pri­mar­i­ly meant for play […]

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Week 256

Last week I trav­eled to Utrecht to do some main­te­nance work on an old project. I took the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work at our Utrecht office and check out the Vecht­club XL’s new cafe De Klub. I am severe­ly impressed how the venue is shap­ing up to become Utrecht’s num­ber one des­ti­na­tion. Anoth­er old project that […]

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Week 255

This week start­ed on a high note with the open­ing of restau­rant De Klub at Vecht­club XL—the cre­ative work­space in which our Utrecht stu­dio is locat­ed. It is a love­ly space serv­ing good food and drink (includ­ing fine cof­fees) but most impor­tant­ly a great place for serendip­i­tous encoun­ters with oth­er Vecht­club res­i­dents and peo­ple from […]

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Five Behaviour Design Principles You Never Suspected Would Work

A while ago, I was invit­ed by friend-of-the-stu­­dio Iskan­der Smit to speak at a Behav­ior Design Ams­ter­dam meet­up. Much of our work is relat­ed to behav­iour change, but we try to steer clear of the reduc­tion­ist think­ing that is quite preva­lent in the field. So I decid­ed to use the oppor­tu­ni­ty of pre­sent­ing to a […]

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Week 243

Look­ing at my log for last week it’s clear a lot has been going on; work con­tin­ued on Stand­ing (code­name AJI) and we (main­ly Alper) did some sup­port work on Beesten­bende. In the mean­time we are start­ing up new projects; one is code­named KEGANI, a col­lab­o­ra­tion between us and Sub­alekha who resides in NYC. We […]

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Week 228

So we’re back from break and man­aged to get some projects wrapped up just around the turn of the year which is a great way to start with a clean slate. I’m writ­ing this from the Nether­lands where I’m keep­ing touch with the moth­er­land though I can’t wait to be back in Berlin. We wrote […]

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