Pablo Yanguas

Political Analysis / Anti-Corruption / Adaptive Development

Category: Gaming

A computer game about African democracy!

I can’t wait to try this out.

More ways in which games can help development (now from a Nobel-prize winner)

Angry Birds Economics from NYU Devt Research Institute on Vimeo.

Can games teach us about development theory?

I have been thinking about games a lot recently. Games as in game-theoretical models and generally any sort of spelled-out analytical model; but also games as in real-world, fun-not-work games, whether tabletop or digital. And I am particularly intrigued by the potential of mixing the two together and seeing what comes up; asking if there is anything that we analysts can derive from games (other than fun!). Continue reading

Gilrs can play Dungeons & Dragons too

Via BoingBoing.

Boardgames

More info: Shut Up & Sit Down.

Wizards and clerics, democracies and autocracies

This years marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). For those unfamiliar with it, D&D was the grandfather of tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs), which mix storytelling, improv, strategy and chance: each player assumes the role of one character with attributes and skills, vices and virtues, and together they face the challenges put forth by one of the players – the Dungeon Master or Game Master – who controls the narration and plays all other characters and creatures. It’s a simple notion, but over the last forty years D&D has had a considerable influence on a large swatch of modern pop culture. Continue reading

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