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Global Game Jam Open House 1/27

On Sunday, January 27, at 1pm, we will have our Global Game Jam open house.  Teams have been working on games all weekend, and Sunday will be the time where you can learn about them and play them!   We will have a short ceremony at 1pm where each team will explain their game, we will give out awards, and then we will open up the games so everyone can play.

Join us on the ground floor of Hinds Hall at Syracuse University at 1pm today!


Spring 2013 Game Designers' Guid Meetings

Here are the dates for the Spring 2013 Game Designers' Guild.   All meetings will be from 5:30-9, but the locations may differ.   The first meeting on Feb. 8th will be in Hinds Hall 011 - the Innovation Studio.


February 8

March 22

April 26



A RECIPE for Meaningful Gamification

I recently released a video on YouTube that presents my new model for Meaningful Gamification.   This is designed to be focused on techniques and not theory, and to present an overview to make the concepts accessible.


To learn more about the theories behind this, take a look at to and


Global Game Jam Jan 25-27

We are co-hosting the Syracuse site for the Global Game Jam on January 25-27 along with the School of Information Studies and the Raymond von Dran IDEA accelerator.   We will have room for 50 people to come together and make games over one weekend, and we will be joining hundreds of other sites around the world making games this weekend.  It is open to anyone over 18; this is not just for Syracuse University students.


Participants can make analog or digital games, and can come with a group or find a team once we begin.  You don't need any programming skills, but will find that any skills you do have about design, art, music, programming, or just a knowledge of games are all valuable.   No prior experience is needed.

There is room for 50 participants, and the cost is $10.  Due to the limited security available, this will only be open to those 18 and over.  Additional information is at


To register, you will need to do three things:


1 – Visit and pay.  This is how you will guarantee your spot, so do this first.


2 – Create an account on the Global Game Jam site: .  


3 – Sign up to be a Syracuse Jammer by visiting your user account page at and choosing Syracuse University School of Information Studies in the dropdown for Jam Site 2013.



Spring Transformative Game Design Course

In Spring 2013, Dr. Nicholson will be teaching IST 400/600: Transformative Game Design.  

This is a project-based class about the design of games designed to transform, influence, or educate in non-profit or commercial settings, with a primary focus on non-digital games.  This course marries the traditional game design curriculum with the integration of information and motiviational techniques to transform a player. This isn't a programming class, but students wanting to make a digital game may choose to do so.

The course will be focused around three weekends during the semester, and then there will be work on Blackboard the rest of the time.

More information can be found on this PDF.