About Serious Games

Serious games (SGs) or persuasive games are computer and video games used as persuasion technology or educational technology. They can be similar to educational games, but are often intended for an audience outside of primary or secondary education. Serious games can be of any genre and many of them can be considered a kind of edutainment.

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Sunday, 22 June 2008

Is buzzword the best online productivity app ?


The first time I used buzzword it blew me away. Google docs gets all the attention but adobe's flash technology seems way ahead.

There are big advantages in using a runtime (like flash, silverlight or java) to deliver rich online productivity apps. The question is can open 100% javascript solutions like sproutcore, cappuccino and google web toolkit compete ? Clearly Apple and Google do not want to touch proprietary runtimes from Adobe, Microsoft or Sun. However is JavaScript on its own up to the task ?

For instance, could you build a complex video editing app (see the silverlight example bellow) with just AJAX ?

Surely Apple and Google need to hedge their bets and collaborate to create an open source runtime to compete directly with java, silverlight and flash/AIR.

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