Monthly Archives: September 2010

New Website and Forums!

We’ve upgraded our look, and added some features to the site. And there’s forums! Let us know what you think! (And if you find a bug, post it in the Feedback forum.)

Facebook Integration

The corporate office (me) has coordinated with marketing (me) to task our IT department (also me) with a new website. Marketing is pretty hot on this whole social 2.0 webworking business, and got IT to spec out some Spacebook polygration or somesuch.

Anyway, IT asked me, customer relations, to do some surveys and see how this will impact our brand perception and customer preferencing trends. I don’t exactly understand the MyFaces and whatnot, so I got my three year-old to work out some questions the young people might relate to.

What Kinds of Facebook Integration Would You Like?
  • A link to the store's Facebook page is fine, but nothing more. (32%, 12 Votes)
  • The works: login with my Facebook profile, like buttons, see what my friends like, etc. (24%, 9 Votes)
  • Some like buttons would be nice, but leave my profile's info out of it. (16%, 6 Votes)
  • I really hate seeing Facebook everywhere, and would rather nothing at all. (16%, 6 Votes)
  • I'd like to use my Facebook profile for comments (and maybe a forum?), but leave my friends list out of it. (8%, 3 Votes)
  • Is a "Spacebook" like one of those iPads, but for astronauts? (5%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

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Games and Tangential Learning

“I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.”
– Winston Churchill

You might have noticed in our About page, we’re big fans of the idea that gaming can be one of the best ways to learn. I recently ran across Daniel Floyd’s video (embedded below) discussing video games as tangential learning. (This was based on a blog post by James Portnow, by the by.)

The idea is pretty simple: people like to learn when it facilitates something they’re already engaged in. Arithmetic is boring, but it pays to keep all your circumstantial bonuses in your head straight. I personally hated history class, but I spend hours researching ancient myths and cultures to plan the next D&D adventure. Even accounting can be interesting thanks to German board games.

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A Sign from Above

Pylon Sign

Our sign has appeared in the northern Independence pylon, just above the Marble Slab constellation.

The seemingly endless renovation, which is largely in the hands of contractors, can make +1 Gaming seem more mirage than reality. It’s little things like this that serve as a comforting assurance. Take heart!

For the curious, there’s also a blue banner strung over our door proclaiming +1 Gaming’s imminence. A “big people” sign in on order, and should be installed in the foreseeable future.