Category Archives: gamification

Angry birds and life imitating app

My son went to a seven year old’s birthday party this weekend, so of course we found ourselves shopping for a gift only hours before the event.

When he saw the Angry Birds board game, he just about lost his mind.

“Oh yeah, that’s it! That’s it, that’s so cool!” he screamed. (Santa, take note)

I took a look at the box, which screamed (in English, Spanish and French, unlike the image to the left) that players ‘can play Angry Birds in real life.’

Because apparently, holding an iPad on the way to grandma’s house and playing the Angry Birds app is not “real life.” ??!!! Is an app ‘faux life’?

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Foursquare in the newsroom

“So you’re the mayor of the Ottawa Citizen. Now what?’

Coming from the Publisher of the same news organization, it’s a good question. Indeed, Now What? Stage a coup?

Well, it’s a game, I explained. You try to get more points than your friends..  then you become mayor…

He wasn’t convinced. Neither was Niall Harrison of simplyzesty.com, when it first came out.

“But how does our newsroom use Foursquare?” our Publisher continued.

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