How gender perceptions limit design thinking in games

I was riding right along with Jesse Schell in his book The Art of Game Design, right until about page 102, when he started exploring the relation of player demographics to game design. For instance, is this statement, from page 102, true or false? “The majority of videogames are played by boys and men.” BZZT! (That means, no — not true.) Just to set the stage, the version of this book I’m reading was from 2008.  Not the dark ages, but almost a decade ago.  New research and ideas about how women play games has emerged since that time. As … Keep goin’

Three dream jobs

Takeaway: If my part-time career plans don’t work out, there are always other opportunities. Three dream jobs I’ll never apply for unless I am hungry Here are three of my favorites, so far.  Though each unique unto itself, the theme of these three could be called “getting in your business.”   Job #1: It’s all about the FIT This job caught my eye. Until now, I’ve just guestimated my bra size. I had no idea there were people — paid people — out there to help me.   “The Bra Fitting Specialist is an expert in bra product and fit … Keep goin’

Can gamification solve our problems? Week 3.

You’ve seen your Facebook feed. It ain’t all fun and games out there. Could Gamification be applied to topple the oligarch?  Defeat the mortal enemy? Can gamification solve our problems? Well, let’s see. What is gamification, anyway?  According to Merriam Webster (sorry Wikipedia — I’ve moved up) gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” What are game-like elements? Game-like elements include PBLs (points, badges, and leaderboards), a collection of things (coins, fake cash/gold, etc), and customization (making something uniquely yours) among other things. Certainly the newly emerged … Keep goin’

Consumers in uproar upon discovering Spring Mix is now only double washed

The lettuce industry was riding a wave of popularity unmatched by those of other leaves.  Their boasts of triple washes, however, has now come to an end.

With increased interest in “root” vegetables, the industry has had to fight back, after losing share to carrots, rootabagas, and radishes.

“We simply do not have the resources to wash our lettuce three times,” an industry spokesperson, Clive Endive, reported. “And besides, do you wash YOUR lettuce more than once, those rare times when you get off your a** and buy an actual head of lettuce rather than our packaged product?”

Now, it’s “double trouble.”

While saving on water, time, and ultimately the bottom line with one less wash, not everyone is happy with the news.

Concerned consumer. Mother of two.

“I can understand cutting corners,” one enraged consumer said, showing us the leftover grime on a leaf of lettuce resulting from only two washes, “But this is unacceptable. Washed only twice? Who does that?”

An industry insider reported it’s been very tough for employees to acclimate to the new change.

One worker, on the condition of anonymity, reported that he is still sneaking in a third wash for some of his lettuce runs.

“I have seen some … things I want to unsee, after this ban went into effect,” he reports. “Two washes are not enough. We are heading toward a health crisis, and I don’t want that dirt on my hands. Or on my lettuce.”

Another consumer said, “The first time, you remove the scum of the EARTH. The 2nd time, you remove the itty bitty bacteria and e-coli – you ever heard of e-coli? That settles in these little crinkles here. BUT IF YOU DON’T wash it a 3rd time? I don’t even want to talk about what you’ll be eating. But it ain’t lettuce.”

It remains to be seen whether or not the lettuce industry will respond to the consumer outrage.  But it is not likely.  On this, Mr. Endive concluced, “Wash your own lettuce. Stop being so godammed lazy.”