The Game Is Afoot

Yesterday I wrote about Philippe Mongin’s game theoretic paper.

Whilst writing it I was conscious that I had yet to join Matthew Jackson and Yoav Shoham‘s Game Theory Massive Open Online Course.

Matthew and Yoav point out that this course “will provide the basics: representing games and strategies, the extensive form (game trees), Bayesian games, repeated and stochastic games, and more”.

I have downloaded a copy of Kevin Leyton-Brown and Yoav Shoham’s (2008) Essentials of Game Theory: A Concise Multidisciplinary Introduction and will start reading immediately.

I was mindful too of Stephen Downes‘ ongoing discussion of gamification.

David Zinger has some important insights to share about gamification. He observes that “I believe gamification is one of the key engagement approaches and tools for 2011 and beyond. I think the big challenge will be to ensure these approaches are meaningful, authentic and operate for conversion into work rather than a diversion from work”.

David links to some SlideShare resources that explore Gamification.

The title of this blog post comes from Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1 which in part includes:

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:

It is also featured in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Abbey Grange.

My next few weeks will need to be a mixture of energy and detection.

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The Pattern Loft

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