Nordic Game Conference 2013

Nordic Game Conference 2013

My third time (I think?!) at Nordic Game Conference was also the best experience so far. The two days flew by in what feels like an instant, but there’s so much to bring back home. The atmosphere at Nordic Game is always fairly relaxed and informal, despite the...
Me – Ph.D?

Me – Ph.D?

It’s funny, how even fundamental things change so rapidly. A few weeks ago, I was very happy with my life as an edu-entrepreneur (and I certainly still am!). Then, out of the blue, I’m encouraged to apply for a Ph.D. I’m very much in doubt, but...
The distance between vision & practice

The distance between vision & practice

I’m a pretty big fan of ol’ Bruce. First off, he’s a bloody fantastic showman. Few (if any?) are able to consistently keep up that incredible level of performance throughout an incomprehensible number of shows. I’m not exactly working in music,...

Rebellion underway?

I feel a slowly growing need to change a few things in the way I work. Need to focus (even) more on play, passion, curiosity, energy. — Mathias Poulsen (@mathiaspoulsen) September 23, 2012 I sometimes see myself becoming too boring, serious, predictable. I...
Reading Mass Effect

Reading Mass Effect

Mass Effect 1 challenged my aversion to RPGs & captivated me with its fascinating universe, interesting characters & exciting story #140game — Mathias Poulsen (@mathiaspoulsen) March 16, 2012 So I just finished playing Mass Effect (5 years to late, some...
Are schools tutorials for life?

Are schools tutorials for life?

Most people playing video games probably know about tutorials, for both good and bad. Basically, tutorials exist to teach players how to play a game. Some tutorials are removed from the actual game, and sometimes you don’t even get to play a tutorial, but merely...
Serious games are just…games

Serious games are just…games

I keep delving into the different issues clinging to the field of serious games. I keep pondering whether or not serious games are the right approach to game based learning. First and foremost, though, I keep wondering why serious games are not better games. Serious...
My 2012

My 2012

2011 is rapidly drawing to a close, and even though I’m knee-deep in unfinished business, I’ll quickly throw a few pointers for the year ahead of us. I’m usually most keen to be looking forwards, but a quick glance at current projects might be...
We’re the stupid ones!

We’re the stupid ones!

Most people working within education are probably familiar with the widespread notion, that during the recent decades, students have been growing less and less intelligent. Students today, it is said, are simply dumber than they used to be. To me, this is nothing but...