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Invitación mesa de trabajo ludificación en el encuentro Constructores de Paz

16/05/2013

Para que vean que no he publicado en el blog porque ando ocupadísimo.

Constructores de Paz, evento promovido por la Red de Acción Social de la Iglesia, por cuarto año consecutivoa se presenta como un espacio de encuentro entre organizaciones sociales, instituciones e individuos que compartirán experiencias sobre la superación de conflictos. Este año tendremos dos experiencias latinoamericanas, además de 30 experiencias venezolanas en 10 mesas de trabajo que servirán para tejer vínculos y visibilizar hechos concretos por la paz del país.

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Este año el amigo Luis Carlos me ha invitado a formar parte de una de las mesas de trabajo, específicamente hablando sobre ludificación. Hace algunos meses les comenté que estuve trabajando sobre ello, y aunque no he reportado más al respecto (pero debo hacerlo). El encuentro será una forma de retomar más firmemente esa actividad.

Estaré específicamente en la Mesa de trabajo número 10: Tecnología, el resumen y las coordenadas de la presentación están más abajo.

Me siento muy honrado por esta invitación y la extiendo a todos quienes deseen incorporarse a construir la paz en Venezuela con iniciativas modernas y novedosas.

Encuentro Internacional Constructores de Paz

Fecha: 24 de Mayo 2013, (a partir de las 2 pm podrán verme por allí).

Lugar: Aula Magna UCAB.

Título: Diseño de juegos como herramienta para mejorar el ambiente laboral: intervención de ludificación.

Resumen: En el marco del trabajo especial de grado de las (ahora) licenciadas en psicología Leisa Zambrano y Veronica Moreno, trabajo del cual fui asesor, se realizó un estudio comparativo entre una intervención psicoeducativa y una intervención de ludificación en las instalaciones operacionales de la empresa Domesa, con el fin de estudiar el impacto de la ludificación en la disminución de la ansiedad laboral. Ludificación consiste en convertir en un juego una actividad que no se asume como tal, o lo que es igual, se intenta encontrar la diversión en alguna labor percibida como monótona y estresante. Para ello se utilizan conocimientos y técnicas enmarcadas dentro de la teoría de diseño de juegos, la misma que sirve de sustrato a los juegos de mesa, pero muy especialmente a los juegos de video y experiencias interactivas relacionadas. La tesis demuestra que, bajo ciertas consideraciones referentes al alcance del trabajo, una intervención de ludificación efectivamente mejora el ambiente laboral, disminuyendo la ansiedad, por ende propiciando una mejora en la calidad de vida de los trabajadores. Se presenta un breve marco teórico, descripción de la intervenciónn, resultados, conclusiones y recomendaciones.

Chávez was…

14/03/2013

It is just impossible not to say something about what Venezuela, the country where I live in, is experiencing these days, and in fact, it’s a good way to get back on track with this blogging thing.

A lot happened since february, the last time I posted something (but not the last time I wrote something), and the first subject I want to tackle, and maybe the most important at this moment, is: Hugo Chávez Frías, the elected president of Venezuela, passed away 2 weeks ago.

Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, 1954 - 2013
Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, 1954 – 2013

If you want information about Hugo Chávez, Venezuela or whatever related matter, there is plenty of it floating in the very surface on the internet right now, I just want to share a few thoughts about him.

I wasn’t a Chávez supporter, not even when he was first elected back in 1998, and I was only fifteen years back then. I have this feelings about the army that I don’t like to feel, it was always that way and with Chávez wasn’t any different from the very beggining.

But the thing is, whether you like or not, whether you believe or not, Chávez was the most important thing that happened to Venezuela in our contemporary history, and the only thing comparable to him is El Caracazo, not a coincidence that both are closely related.

Chávez was the president of the reality. That’s it. Chávez was, for all of us here, the guy who slapped us with reality.

Venezuelan people were ignoring problems all along since the early eigthies, and even when the will to improve was there, a lot of situations and mindsets hold us back.

Then this guy breaks with this crazy idea of given an opportunity to those who haven’t  had one and stuff, and that sounds good in theory, but when you play your part to split apart the population based on this other (and literally) crazy idea of class struggle, things go wrong in many levels.

Chávez was a hateful leader againts those who considered his enemies. Too bad that those so-called enemies are the other part of the country he just splitted.

6 millions people voted for Henrique Capriles Radonski (Chávez’s contender) the past presidential election. Even when Chávez surpassed Capriles by almost 2 million, there is a big chunk of this country claming for better conditions to live.

Peace of mind, basically.

I love Venezuela, but since Chávez got in power I became the enemy just because I don’t like his ways.

And that is something I want you to get very clear, I just don’t agree with his ways, but I want the very same thing: to live in the best country that we can possible build together.

Well, it’s clear that Chávez didn’t  like that “together”.

I came from a slump in my hometown, it’s actually uncommon to find someone who doesn’t (to some degree). My family not only knew, but lived in their own flesh every single problem Chávez was fighting againts. Doesn’t matter, because even though, I’m the enemy, the thing to destroy, to disappear, the “apátrida” (that’s a quote).

There is a lot that Chávez uncovered to the rest of the country, those who weren’t aware about the majority struggling againts an unfair system. But Chávez fought that system by building another unfair system, shaped under his image and the idea that he was the only that could bring light to Venezuela.

To many, he was. He still is. To many, Chávez was a president to be thankful for. I respect that because, and I don’t have the space to discuss this in here, Chávez brought light to many people in many different ways. And that’s a thing to be thankful for.

I want to thank him a lot too, seriously, because the first step to solve a problem is to be aware of it, and he did that quite well.

But, at least for me, that’s it, there is a country I still dream of, and I have no idea how to make it happen, or if I will be alive by then. So, there is a lot of work ahead.

Chávez was the presidente of the reality. I just want to move on and live in a society of possibilities.

To be stuck in the reality is just the exact of opposite of that.

The Long Term Run

16/11/2012

Back to english sooner than I thougth. Just for a moment.

“You should practice day after day, hours and hours, and don’t stop until you get really good at your art/design/code”

That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. Seriously, and I will tell you why.

That sentence at the beggining is true, totally it is. You should practice day after day until you get really good at your art/design/code; but at the same time that sentence is sending the wrong message, and I really believe that those who says it non-stop doesn’t know shit about how life works.

If you have been blessed with all the resources available to study what you want, doing it at the pace you want, not having money issues and so on, then that sentence holds right on the back. For the rest of us this is how things usually end up being:

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Coursera Gamification Course

01/09/2012

Some seriousness here.

I enrolled in this course as soon as it was announced, but I was very skeptical.

First of all, if you haven’t heard about Coursera, it’s an online and free initiative to bring closer advanced knowledge in a broad range of specialized fields, from the experts in such matters. Just ckeck it out, I think it’s awesome.

Few months back they opened registration to the Gamification course by Kevin Werbach, and I’m interested in those kinds of things; actually, I’m involved in two gamification projects that I will talk about when they are finished. The point is, the subject is so new and it’s spreading in so many ways so fast that is taking a lot of wrong approachs from a implementation point of view, and also from a ethical one.

So, as I said, I enrolled and waited until it started to make up my mind. Now that I watched the introductory chapters I can recommend the course. I didn’t exactly learn anything new so far (those were introductions videos anyway) but I share most of the points of view of the instructor. I know it sounds ugly, to say that I recommend something just because is aligned to my point of view, but I think in this case is important because of the novelty of the matter to have a point of view both theoretically and ethically.

If you are interested, the course has just started. The first assignment (yup, there is homework) is due september 9, you totally have a chance to get on track. And of course, if you complete all the assignments a digital certificate is given to you, and believe me, Coursera is getting very serious so, that certificate has value to it. Keep in mind that completing the assigments requires some effort, and so watching the videos. You have to take seriously the time you are spending here, it’s not easy to complete them, is exactly like taking a course in any university. You have the chance to just watch the videos, without completing any assignment, of course, no certificate in this case.

I will be hanging in the course’s forum, I already completed the first assignment and it is enrinching little by little my knowledge in the matter. I encourage you to check it out.

Source Filmmaker

30/06/2012

To fill the blog with something.

In case you haven’t seen yet, the last update of Team Fortress 2 gave us the Source Filmmaker. See what this is all about in this video.

Also, the last episode of the characters introduction in Team Fortress 2: Meet the Pyro.

Values

29/03/2012

Because I actually have none of them.

A while ago I tweeted something like: I strongly believe that in the not so far future we will set our political differences on the UN by playing Mondern Warfare matches.

I did tweet that; if someday I found the tweet I will edit this post. Seriously.

The thing is that, even when I know some people share my wishes, a lot of them denies that possibility due some reasons I don’t completely remember. And I don’t remember them because I found a fundamental fallacy on those reasons: they are putting a price on human life.

When some people say that thought of yours is naive/stupid/impractical/whatever what they are actually saying is: you can put a price on the issue at hands and use human lifes as a currency to settle it down.

That just fucking stupid.

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Game on people

31/12/2011

Without subtitle this time… wait

2011 was weird. To be honest, I don’t remember having such a though times since 2004 for different reasons. This was a depressing year that beat me hard in a several number of creative ways. Seriously.

But, when looked closely, I realized I finally got my math degree, found a job (even when I was unemployed almost 11 months), watched how old friends grow up in many ways, shared more with my family (but not under the best circumstances definitely), met new awesome people and (finally, again) started my game projects with all the stuff that implies.

Photo by Yole Quintero (@justyole)

I’m working  to keep things that way in 2012.

I still think this year was a hard path to follow, I will remember it as such, but as The Rolling Stones once said…

Happy New Year people.

Viscerally

19/10/2011

Because there is no other way

I like how Extra Credits tackles the game design problem in our media. They are just awesome.

To summarize, Extra Credits is a weekly animated videocast in its third season, now hosted by Penny Arcade TV, and what they do is to get into a lots of subjects about game design and development in a very deep and clever way. No wonder, the three creators have the experience and love for the media to do it.

You don’t should, you have to watch those guys talking about games.

This week’s episode is a very harsh critic about Call Of Juarez: The Cartel, and besides it is a interesting episode just by the way they criticized the game, it is also a wonderful way to know how seriously I take game design.

I take game design viscerally, because there is no other way to take it.

Click on the image to watch the episode. Hope you enjoy it.

Yup, Penny Arcade doesn't allow embedding.

Talks worth seeing about gaming and game design

01/10/2011

Yeah, they are TED Talks.

On October 4th the TEDx El Ávila Nationa Park is going to be held here in Caracas. A TEDx is an indenpendently organized event, which goal is to extend the TED Talks spirit in a more local context while being sponsored by the major organization.

I won an invitation to attend to the event, and I’m very glad for it.

So, to share my joy I want to share as well a few TED talks regarding gaming and game design. I highly recommend to watch them, because the topics developed are, at least to me, part of the near future to us as researchers, developers and designers.

I will upload here the YouTube videos (they stream better than the actual TED videos) with a very short description. If you need more information, traslation or closed captions, the link to the corresponding TED page is in each title.

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Homosexual rights and what they have to do with game design

23/08/2011

Even when I do make a point, this is totally a rant, so avoid to read it if you are sensitive to strong opinions and heavy swearing.

There is no reason to get into details, so here it is:

I was on the sub and I heard this conversation:

Woman 1: Yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda

Woman 2: Bla, bla, bla, bla, bla.

Woman 1: Yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda

Woman 2: how can a homosexual be better than anyone in certain field, they are homosexuals you know.

I’m not homosexual, I like women a lot, sometimes I ask myself why some men are homosexual when we have a lot of beautifiul women around us. I just don’t understand it, but I do understand that if they like other men it is not my bussines, I have nothing to do with that. I totally get that.  Maybe Venezuela, the place where I live in right now, have some sort of chauvinism problem attached to its society, but this is not a local issue, is a global major problem even in a lot of societies and nations that self-proclaim to be progressist and democratic

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