Oh man. It just starts the nostalgia bubbling, doesn’t it? Memories of clackety keyboards. Green screen computers. Carrying too much meat. Not to mention, dying of dysentery. All in the name of education. Of course, it’s The Oregon Trail game. And it’s recently had a refreshing reboot.Read More
For all of the amazing stuff that’s happening in Portland, there’s one thing that we in the startup and tech community are fairly bad at doing. Documenting all of the stuff that’s happening, as it happens. But you know who’s good at documenting stuff? Documentarians. And lucky for the Cartoon Network Game Jam 2016 crew, there were documentarians there. Which makes all of us lucky.
Video games hold a great deal of potential for engaging folks on a variety of different levels. But, to be honest, that potential is often squandered. So that’s why it’s incredibly refreshing to see other uses for the medium—like effectively communicating the emotions and frustrations of others. Take Hair Nah, a online game from Portland’s Momo Pixel that provides insight into a common annoyance for black people: uninvited hair touching.
Like many folks in Oregon, the video game community is creative, passionate, and, well, aggressively humble. But once a year, Oregon Games Organization takes the opportunity to make a little more noise than usual. To talk about what’s happening. And to celebrate some of the amazing folks in this community. It’s time for Game On. Read More
Often, the most effective forms of education come not as rote pedagogy but in forms that allow us to engage with the learning at an emotional level. And sometimes, that can be as simple as allowing us to experience something from a different perspective. And that’s exactly what the Portland-developed online game Can you solve it? does with the issue of homelessness. Read More