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Gamification vs. Game-Based Learning

Gamification vs. Game-Based Learning


With the growth in popularity of video games among K-12 students over the last few years, many teachers have worked to incorporate gaming into their classroom. By adding something fun and relatable to the learning process, students can become more engaged and retain more knowledge. However, there has been some confusion, with people often mixing up gamification and game-based learning.

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Tyto Ecology Steam and an EDU Version Now Available!


[UPDATE: Tyto Ecology is no longer available on iPads, and is only available on PC/Mac via Steam.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough visibility on iPad to have sales to continue to support that platform.]
Due to user request, we have released two new versions of Tyto Ecology! Our first game was released in January on the iPad, and now we have come out with a version for Steam, as well as an all-inclusive EDU version for the iPad.

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Learning from: Fire Emblem Fates

Learning from: Fire Emblem Fates


I have recently been obsessed with the newest Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem Fates. If you’re not familiar with the series, it’s essentially glorified chess; you control an army of characters and rage war with other troops. The catch is that you grow attached to the characters you control and if they die in a battle, they are dead for the rest of the game. So, being sentimental, I attempt to go through the game without having any of them die, and it pushes me to my mental limits.

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The Tyto Ecology 1.4 Update is Here!

The Tyto Ecology 1.4 Update is Here!


[UPDATE: Tyto Ecology is no longer available on iPads, and is only available on PC/Mac via Steam.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough visibility on iPad to have sales to continue to support that platform.]

We have recently released Tyto Ecology version 1.4 on the App Store. This update added some new features to the game that were focused more on playability than bug fixes! Below is a video and list on what has changed in our game. Enjoy!

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If the Immersed Staff Were Video Game Characters…

If the Immersed Staff Were Video Game Characters…


For gamers, playing video games is more than just having fun; it transports us into a whole other world. In this world, anything is possible: you can pilot a rocket ship through the galaxies, be a medieval knight who commands an army, or race through a desert against real people half of the world away. So, we wondered who some of our staff members would choose if they could be a character from any video game. Here is what they said:

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Gaming for Charity

Gaming for Charity


Video games are more than just an escape into a virtual world. Video games and video gamers can help others by raising money within the community in unique ways. The most common way is to donate via gaming-based charities. There are numerous video game charities out there that help raise money for children and others in need, but the three big platforms that immediately come to mind are Child’s Play Charity, Humble Bundle, and Extra Life.

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Our Most Anticipated Upcoming Game Releases

Our Most Anticipated Upcoming Game Releases


Last year brought a lot of new and amazing games to players everywhere. From highly-anticipated, big-budget games like Fallout 4, to one-man dev team releases like Undertale, 2015 was a great year for many gamers, and we’re hoping 2016 and onward will be even better! We asked our team members about the games they are waiting in anticipation to be released, and here are their responses.

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Tyto Ecology: 1 Week Stats Update!

Tyto Ecology: 1 Week Stats Update!


It’s been one week since we launched Tyto Ecology, and we’ve been excitedly watching our analytics and asking questions of users whenever we get a chance.  Today we wanted to share an infographic on our ecosystem’s 1 week stats!

We were happy to see our players put down a lot of decomposers, and 7.5x as many plants as animal territories.  As expected, most people focused on unlocking more species before looking into unlocking more of their zones and growing the physical space they have for their ecosystem. It definitely gets more challenging as you manage a larger area, so I’m looking forward to the reaction as more of our players expand!




Tyto Ecology Launches for iPad on the App Store!

Tyto Ecology Launches for iPad on the App Store!


[UPDATE: Tyto Ecology is no longer available on iPads, and is only available on PC/Mac via Steam.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough visibility on iPad to have sales to continue to support that platform.]

We are excited to announce that our first game, Tyto Ecology, is now available to download on the iOS App store! We have been working hard for over a year to create this game and we’re thrilled to share it with the world. In Tyto Ecology, you are given the power to build your own ecosystem while learning about life sciences along the way. You must think critically and solve problems in order to balance a beautifully simulated biome, where your decisions determine if life succeeds or fails.

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Steam Greenlight: The First 48 Hours

Steam Greenlight: The First 48 Hours


Not very long ago, our team explored the idea of bringing our iPad game to the PC/Mac platforms following the mobile release. The benefits were obvious: larger audience, largest distribution platform, and low costs to make the move. The problems were also obvious: the game was built for iPad and may not port well, the time investment is time that could be spent polishing the mobile version, and no one on the team had experience with the Greenlight process Steam uses to curate projects for eventual release through the Steam client.

I wanted to take a moment to share the last 48 hours with you to help you relive the rollercoaster our team rode (and continues to ride), and share some of the lessons we’ve already learned.

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