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.
[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.
If you’ve been a kid in the past thirty years, chances are you’ve played some semblance of an educational video game, whether it was required in school or you wanted to have fun at home. Since the boom of educational video games in the mid-80s, a lot has changed. With new technology comes innovation, and every year we have newer and better educational games for kids to play!
It takes a love of games to make a good game company, and we here at Immersed love ourselves a good video game. Here is a look at what we’ve been playing recently!
Many people have preconceptions that portray video gamers as being lazy and asocial. However, they don’t seem to understand the potential healing and growth powers of video games. In Jane McGonigal’s new book, SuperBetter, she looks exactly at these areas of potential. McGonigal suffered a brain injury a couple of years ago, and instead of wallowing in her recovery process, she made a game out of it. She tried to find “allies” to help her healing and gave herself “power-ups” when she achieved her goals, all while putting on a secret persona in order to fight her monsters and work towards self-betterment.
One Saturday, a couple months ago, some team members at our game studio began chatting and sharing childhood stories about how much video games have impacted our lives.
One employee shared how he bonded with his mother over playing World of Warcraft. Another learned confidence and persistence after realizing, through games, that anything can be accomplished with enough effort. One of our interns shared that as a child and recent immigrant to the United States, she learned to speak better English through a voice-command Pokémon game.
Although the Immersed staff spends a lot of time making video games, we love playing them, too! Most of our inspirations and aspirations come from our own experiences with video games. So, here are some of the games that our team members have been playing in their free time this summer!
When it comes to learning through video games, there is a lot of criticism and naysaying. Many people call them “mind-rotting” or “a waste of time,” but when games are made for teaching, people call them “boring.” However, many popular games on Steam, a personal gaming library, can teach children surprisingly well, and they’ll have tons of fun doing it!
We have compiled a short list of these games that cover a broad array of subjects.
In my short time with Immersed, I have already seen a number of kids be blown away by the fact that people who are not much older than themselves can make video games, a career option which children only dream of. If I’ve seen it plenty of times in person, I’m sure that there are a lot of other kids (and even some adults) that are curious in how they can turn their love of gaming into a living. There are a ton of different tools out there for beginners to get started with, so we compiled a small list of helpful websites that could help your gamer become a creator.
We are only 10 days away until the end of our Kickstarter campaign and recently hit the $35,000 milestone! Yes, that is amazing and wonderful, but it’s not over yet! To keep the energy alive and thank everyone for their support we are going to be having a Kickstarter power-up event at the local video game bar,1982. Consider this your invitation because everyone is welcome!