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Games Events This Week

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Thursday February 21 at 7 pm MT will be the seventh installment of the G.A.M.E. "It Takes A Guild - A Guild of Educators" webinar series. We will be interviewing Tanya Martin, Chris Luchs, Kae Novak and Vasili Giannoutous on livestreaming game play, Machinima and the 2013 Machinima Fest at the ISTE Annual Conference in San Antonio. Mists of PanderiaRead More

Fiero, Epic Fail and then Epic Win

Monday, July 23rd, 2012
In our livestreaming on Saturday for the Games Based Learning MOOC we were able to record Grid and Izzy first battle grounds. We were in week 2 of the Games MOOC with the topic being - fun, flow and fiero in games. The battle grounds did not disappoint! We started with an Arathi Basin - were we won at the last minute by 10 points. All four of us earned the "We Had It Along'* Cough"Achievement. The next two battlegrounds we entered were both Warsong Gulch. The first Warsong Gulch had us easily demonstrating the vocabulary word "gank." As in being killed repeatedly by players with BOA (Bind on Account) equipment. The second battle ground was the… Read More

Gamer Vocabulary

Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Dragon Soul Wipe GAMER VOCABULARY Cheat (noun)- In a Virtual World or a video game, a code (whether secret or published) or a series of movements (whether intentionally programmed, a glitch or coded by the player) that can enhance one's abilities, unlock hidden easter… Read More

Week 3 – World of Warcraft

Friday, March 30th, 2012
EduPunxers will be facilitating the next 2 weeks in P2P U 's "A Virtual Worlds, Games and Education" Tour This week will be mapped to the ISTE NETS for Teachers Seige of Wyrmrest 5   Week… Read More

Heroic Assumptions: Tanking 101

Sunday, January 15th, 2012
What is a Tank? A tank in an MMORPG is basically a character who wears the heaviest armor and their job is to be the center of aggression for whatever is to be tanked. The idea is to be annoying enough to the target that they forget about the rest of the party and focus on beating said tank into mush. This allows the rest of the party to kill the target with minimal damage. You can tank in quest chains, dungeons, or in pvp battlegrounds. The concept is the same annoy the target with special attacks or just being a general nuisance (pvp) to the enemy. So how to annoy, well in WoW there is the concept of aggression or “aggro”. This is simply… Read More

Virtual Worlds Representing in the Edublog Awards

Thursday, December 8th, 2011
Since 2004, the Edublog awards have been offering a community driven people’s choice awards for blogs, social media and social networks centered on education.  This year, social media nominations focused on education in virtual worlds was encouraged. EduPunxers are involved with Cognitive Dissonance which is one of the nominees for Best Educational Use of a Social Network. This is the first time that a World of Warcraft guild has been nominated for a EduBlog award. Being part of this guild has been where we started to see our work on Play as… Read More

World of Warcraft, Cognitive Surplus and Theorycraft

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Research Topic EduPunxers ( Abacus, Kavon and our collaborator - Demention Resident) are currently working on. We started to talk about it at the Virtual Worlds UnSymposium World of Warcraft, Cognitive Surplus and Theorycraft. This was our first public discussion on how MMORPG players are using their cognitive surplus to assess… Read More

More Serious Gaming Fun ….

Monday, October 10th, 2011
A number of our EduPunxers are involved in the Virtual Worlds Unsymposium We're helping organize and facillitating some discussions. So far we are looking at..... Discussion of World of Warcraft, Cognitive Surplus and Theorycraft.  We're going into WoW almost every day and while there have been discussion on how to use it for your class - we really want to get into a discussion that really details the math, statistics and management strategy involved in participating in WoW on a raid level. A rousing game of "Burning Questions/Taboo Topics" - what's… Read More

WoW continues

Sunday, August 21st, 2011
3Dgame lab may be formally over but...there's no reason not to continue in World of Warcraft. Come one - come all! We know what it's like leveling solo and we know what it's like in a group. Some things are just more fun in a group! We'll be scheduling some events over the next few months that you may be interested in whether you are a new player or old hat. Please let us know what you like to see and participate in. We'll doing the first one on Sunday, August 28th at 3 pm sever time. So... Come for a Gear Check-up, Talent Point Consultation and Fun Run! We'll do a dungeon, battleground or perhaps even a pink-haired gnome role-play depending… Read More

PechaKucha 4 MMORPGs

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
"PechaKucha 4 MMORPGs ISTE SIGVE Tuesday June 28th  9 am - 10  am EST/6 am - 7 am SLT On-site and remote PechaKucha style presentation of 6 commercial MMORPGs used for education. 6 educators will present MMORPGs that they know, love and can use for learning. Co- presenters on site in Philly: Chris Luchs/Abacus Capalini and Rurik Nackerud/Rurik Bellingshausen Additional discussants will be inworld. Read More