Gamification in the Classroom: The Journey Continues

If you went up to the average student and asked them if they wished school was more like a video game you would almost certainly get a passionate "YES!" I'm sure if you asked most adults they'd also put their vote in favor of making their tedious work day more fun and exciting. Gamification is in no way a new idea, but… » 5/19/13 9:06am 5/19/13 9:06am

Al Gore Made A Video Game… Sort Of

In July 2011, after a somewhat clueless Al Gore keynoted the Games for Change conference in New York, Kotaku wrote that the former vice president should try playing a video game. In March 2013, Gore announced that he had done one better and created a video game instead. And guess what it's about? » 3/02/13 11:00am 3/02/13 11:00am

Two Fitness MMOs Go Mano a Mano with Their PvP Plans

Last year I profiled Fitocracy » 5/16/12 6:10pm 5/16/12 6:10pm, which isn't a video game per se but a gamified fitness regimen that draws from concepts familiar to role-playing video games. One MMO analogue it lacked, however, was the idea of player-vs.-player combat.

Ancient Chinese Graveyard Ritual Goes Online

Tomb-sweeping is usually a very somber affair, usually. Now in a surge to promote eco-friendly "burials" and body disposals, China has gamified the tradition.

Due to growing concerns about property ownership (you can only own land for 70 years in China) to the cost of funeral plots, China has been urging its people to… » 4/04/12 7:20am 4/04/12 7:20am

Samurai Yetis and Ninja Werewolves: How One Teacher Turned Sixth Grade …

Editor's Note: Ben Bertoli is a longtime Kotaku reader and commenter, a lifetime, dedicated video gamer, and a sixth-grade teacher in Indiana. He reached out to Kotaku this past week to share the story of how he turned his class into a role-playing game. The enthusiasm and motivation of the children in Bertoli's class… » 3/04/12 1:00pm 3/04/12 1:00pm

The Rules of Religion, and Why The Next One Just Might Be a Game

The things that make us reconsider who we are and what we believe in are often bizarre, random, coincidental; sometimes completely unremarkable save for the sudden realization that concusses you. Lately, things I've been reading and playing have coalesced into a divine cognizance for me. I've been reconsidering my… » 2/08/12 1:00pm 2/08/12 1:00pm