Aug 312012

Update: Registration is going up and down. We’re working on it. Be patient :)

You can register from ANY computer, so you don’t need to camp the IGM office if you’d like to explore or enjoy some of the lovely afternoon sun!

We had a brief hiccup in the registration system a few minutes ago, but we’ve corrected it and new registrations are working again. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Aug 232011

Has it really been two months since we posted anything here? Apparently so. Once we got our funding, all our energy got channeled into the developing, rather than the talking about the developing! We’re making a lot of progress, though, and today at the Games in Education conference I gave a talk about the system and what we have planned.

The presentation is available on Slideshare ( I could embed it here, but the slides are mostly images that won’t make a lot of sense without the speaker notes–if you go to the Slideshare site, you can toggle the speaker notes on to get that context.

Jun 152011

RIT has officially announced our project!

From the news release:

A team of faculty and students from Rochester Institute of Technology is developing a game system that will help undergraduate college students navigate the barriers to academic and social success.

The Just Press Play project, an experiment that applies game design principles to the undergraduate student experience at RIT, is being funded by Microsoft Research Connections. Microsoft is teaming up with RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media as part of the company’s Games for Learning Institute, whose mission is to study and create games that are fun, educational and effective.

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Jun 152011

We are delighted to announce a major gift from Microsoft Research Connections in support of the Just Press Play project. Their generosity will enable us to move forward with rolling out the game to our students this fall, and to work with partners at other institutions to extend our work into other educational environments!

You can read more about the project and the gift from Microsoft on the RIT School of Interactive Games & Media site and the Microsoft Research “Gameful Research” site.

If you want to know when we launch, you can sign up for updates on the game on the new Just Press Play site (

Feb 152011

Please welcome to the blog The Players. These are the people on team Just Press Play; the IGM faculty, students, external advisors and Darkwind Media who are giving us a technical assist.

*P.S. Matt said I should not be allowed to give myself my own achievements. I admit to giving everyone else theirs. If you have better ideas for any of us, feel free to let us know.

 Posted by at 4:43 am