Tag Archives: IDGBL

Hypersonic in Microsoft Flight Simulator X

Having been an enthusiastic user of Flight Simulator for the PC since the early 1990s, its been nearly 10 years since I last used Flight Simulator 2002… I skipped FS2004 (a.k.a “A Century of Flight” or FS9), and did not … Continue reading

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Pottermore – Harry Potter Game Experience

J.K. Rowling has created an on-line experience for fans of the Harry Potter series of books… to accompany a site which is the only on-line source of Harry Potter e-Books… a potentially vast market. The pottermore.com site has been in … Continue reading

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Moon Bloom – The Legend of the Bloom of the Aligned Moons

For my MSc in e-Learning IDGBL Game Design exercise I have created an exploration style game with a Na’vi/Avatar theme. The web site for the game information and links to allow access to the areas in which some elements of … Continue reading

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Blackboard Collaborate

The University of Edinburgh has chosen Blackboard Collaborate as its virtual classroom. It provides Adobe Connect style tools with multi-way video and audio teleconferencing, particpants lists and profiles with hand raising and AFK indicators, and text chat with emoticons. A … Continue reading

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World of Warcraft – IDGBL Party – Deadmines – 15-Mar-2012

The Fellowship of IDGBLers met once more on 15th March 2012. This time to take on the challenge of a “Dungeon” available through a portal which takes you into a separate “instance” of the game. I think we had fantastic … Continue reading

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Aion – Entering Another New Land

I tried the free to play Aion MMORPG available for download from http://www.aionfreetoplay.com/. I am on EU server “Anuhart”. I entered as one of the races of Daeva (assigned to me on account creation), and selected the Elyos faction and … Continue reading

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World of Warcraft – IDGBL Party – 14-Mar-2012

The IDGBL Fellowship met again on 14th March 2012 again under the leadership of Coranich and including Agostino, Giacabino and Drinu. Aithun joined late, but caught up with the party in Stormwind Harbour. Once again we travelled far and wide … Continue reading

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World of Warcraft – IDGBL Party – 13-Mar-2012

The Fellowship of mages, human hunters and dwarves who are the IDGBLers met near Northshire Abbey on 13th March 2012 and formed a “party” under the leadership of Coranich. Two in the party had paid-for WoW accounts, the others used … Continue reading

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Space-Themed Games – Space Race Blast Off – NASA Multi-player Game on Facebook

NASA have created a web-based “game” to test knowledge of science, maths and technology. It is called “Space Race Blast Off“. NASA Press Release (30-Jan-2012) Facebook App URL: http://apps.facebook.com/spacerace Stand-alone Flash App: http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/spacerace/

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Space-Themed Games – Orbiter

Orbiter – Space Flight Simulator is a realistic simulation, using real world physics to provide a fun and educationally informative environment for flying spacecraft near the Earth, Moon, Mars and beyond. It was created by Martin Schweiger at UCL, and … Continue reading

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Space-Themed Games – NASA Moonbase Alpha

Another space-themed game with an educational purpose is “Moonbase Alpha” created for NASA’s Immersive Education programme and provides a game scenario with 20 minutes of play set on a hypothetical lunar outpost in 3D immersive setting. This is a proof … Continue reading

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Space-Themed Games – Entropia Universe

Mindark’s Entropia Universe is a space-themed MMORPG in which a player is transported to Planet Calypso by a shuttle, given a basis settlers suit and not much else. A lot has to be learned in terms of skills, trade and … Continue reading

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Europa Game Study – Mindark Entropia Universe and European Space Agency

In 2009-2010, Mindark’s Entropia Universe MMORPG team worked with the European Space Agency (lead Joachim Fuchs **) on a project entitled “Online Game Technology for Space Education and System Analysis”. This is a learning environment situated in a simulation of … Continue reading

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MoonWorld – Virtual World for Inquiry and Planetary Geology Field Work

MoonWorld in Second Life – http://moonworld.cet.edu/ – is a space themed virtual field trip style game encouraging the study of rocks and geology. It provides a lunar simulation in a 3D virtual environment and was funded by NASA. The instructional … Continue reading

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Pacman and Space Invaders

As suggested for the MSc in e-Learning Introduction to Game-Based Learning module, I played Pacman (see Wikipedia article) using a free web-accessible version at http://www.freepacman.org/. I also took a look at another even earlier console style game “Space Invaders” (see … Continue reading

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Semester 2 Introduction – Austin Tate and Ai Austin

Let me introduce myself.. Austin Tate … and my virtual worlds avatar… Ai Austin In Semester 1 of 2011/12 I took the following MSc modules: “Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning”, “e-Learning and Digital Cultures” and “Understanding Learning in On-line … Continue reading

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