This blog contains my personal musings on games, learning, computers, engagement, fun, playfulness, technology, and other stuff that takes my fancy.
playful thoughts on games and learning
The link to the Passively Multiplayer Online Game has been sitting in my ‘to investigate’ list untouched for a couple of weeks as I was worried that when I started playing I wouldn’t get any work done at all. Fortunately, while this game is undoubtably cool, I’m not totally addicted (yet).
PMOG is essentially a FireFox extension that allows you to play while you surf the web, collecting Datapoints and undertaking missions. So far the missions I have completed involved navigating through a series of web sites and reading the message attached to each one; I love the way that the game allows you to interact with existing sites within the browser in new ways that only other players can see – adding treasure, laying mines, and providing new layers of links.
I can see an immediate application for this sort of game for creating guided tours of web sites, highlighting resources for students and sharing information online. However, I think I’m not totally immersed yet because so far it has been limited to navigating the web – but then I have only been playing for a day and am still officially a ‘newbie’. I look forward to undertaking new missions and hopefully uncovering a whole new layer of interactivity.
And I call this work… )