Compulsion Loops & Dopamine in Games and Gamification

This is a presentation I put up together for the Big Gamification Challenge 2018 organised by REACTOR in collaboration with the Anglia Ruskin university , UK To explain how to use Compulsion Loops to produce Dopamine in games and gamified apps I touch multiple subjects

  • Extrinsic vs Intrinsic Motivation and Rewards
  • Challenges and Skills
  • Anticipation, Churn and Retention

Most of the talk is based on my experience of some theories I found works best for game system design. Find the Presentation Slides Here .I also decided to write an article on that talk so here it is : Continue reading

Arduino adventures

An Arduino is an electronic interface allowing you to send and receive electrical signals and interpret them as information. With this gadget you can make small automaton devices or use a computer to directly interpret signals and send back instructions. New media artists uses it to create performance tools. I used it when I was in university to create interactive installations. It’s been a while since then and I decided to come back to my old loves. Continue reading

Activision Announces First-Ever Cross-Platform Gameplay Experience for Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure™ at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)

I’m pleased to announce the exit of the skylander’s multi-platform game. I’v had the chance to work along with Activision to ship the MMO version of the game “Skylanders – Spyro’s Universe“. Working on a transmedia brand such as Skylander’s was lots of fun!

New Adventure Game Allows Players to Bring Your Toys to Life™ Across Consoles, Windows PC, Web, Handheld and Mobile Devices

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) revealed today that Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, an entertainment breakthrough for the video game and toy industries, will deliver the first-ever cross-platform gameplay experience across the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™, a variety of mobile devices, Windows PC and the web. Using the game’s Portal of Power™, players will bring their Skylanders interaction figures to life inside the game on any platform.  During console and handheld gameplay, each Skylander remembers skill advancements and level-ups, allowing players to take their leveled-up Skylanders to play on any of the other platforms. The company will showcase the game at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition, which takes place June 7-9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in the South Hall, booth #647.

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UBISOFT® LAUNCHES BATTLE OF GIANTS® DINOSAURS STRIKE ON Wii

I have the pleasure to share this first Wii title I worked on! Wooot!

Here’s the official press release :

PARIS, FRANCE – August18, 2010 – Today, Ubisoft announced the launch of Battle of Giants Dinosaurs Strike for the Wii™ system from Nintendo. A new installment in the successful Battle of Giants franchise, the game will be available worldwide in November 2010. Designed exclusively for Wii by Ubisoft Quebec, the development studio behind the Nintendo DSTM versions  in the franchise, Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs Strike is the new addition to the Battle of Giants franchise, which has alreadysold more than one million copies worldwide.

UBISOFT® RELEASES ‘PETZ FANTASY TM’

 My first DS title was launched and is now avaliable in stores!

Here’s the press release!
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – May 6th, 2010 – Today Ubisoft announced the immediate release of its brand new title in the well-established Petz range: Petz FantasyTM. The game is now available on retail shelves, to the delight of every 6 to 11 year-old kid in Germany, Italy, Denmark and UK. Designed for both Nintendo DSTM and Nintendo DSiTM, Petz Fantasy opens the doors of its magic world, Magia, where players will be able to play with up to 20 fantastic creatures, from the lovely Unicorn to the funny Dragon, the cheery Chagron, or the speedy Furris. Young girls and boys audiences will be thrilled to take care of their very own baby animal… not to mention that the Petz and their magic powers will bring the player to a universe full of surprises and secrets, where the best is yet to come!

Flow and Dificulty Adjustment in Video Games

I’ve finally committed to write my first essay in English! Since French is my mother tongue I hope readers will be tolerant about my total lack of syntax sense :).  Back in university I was interested about the theory of flow and recently I decided to see how it applied to video games. It appears  Jenova Chen’s FlOw game is an essai to apply this theory so I decided to use it as a base for my own essay:

Flow and Difficulty Dajustment in Video Games…