The payoff can be huge, though. Looking again to Falstein: If the US government gave 5% of its $300 billion pharmaceutical budget to medical games, it’d match the whole global mobile market at this point. As Sterling noted, motivating users in Eyewire was as simple as adding leaderboards, badges, point systems, and even fun voting events ala Splatoon(2)’s Splatfests. While I may not have a ton of time to play lately, I stay engaged with a game because of these events, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Remember, Riot experienced similar results itself. In fact, it’s even offered to share some of its data (within reason) with researchers and encouraged it to reach out to the company. … [Read more...] about GDC 2018: Games can help humanity, be profitable, and get support from gamers
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Releasing units in smaller batches. FEH is similar to PoGO in that it’s also based on a long running series. However, rather than waiting to release all the characters from a certain game, Intelligent Systems releases them in small batches, usually based on themes like siblings or princesses. We’ve seen a little of that with some pre-evolutions found through eggs prior to the Generation 2 update, but then nearly all of remaining Pokemon were dropped at the same time. A meaty update is nice, but as MMO players, we know some people burn through content and then walk away for a long stretch. However, there’s an older Pokemon mobile app players often forget: Pokemon Shuffle, a match 3 type release August 2015 on the mobile app stores. This game also updates to release more ‘mon, often in very small, costume-based batches, but also small themed ones like Mega Evolutions. … [Read more...] about The Soapbox: Why is Pokemon GO still a tech demo?
Not quite a year ago, I wrote a piece about a greyhat hacker who, fed up with Nintendo’s lax action on cheaters in Splatoon 2, took matters into his own hands and hacked the game’s leaderboards with a demand that Nintendo ban the exploiters actively ruining the game. Instead, Nintendo banned him and made him a martyr for the playerbase since so many outlets covered the tale. … [Read more...] about Reddit is aflame over the ban of a popular bug-exposing YouTuber from ARK Survival Evolved