The gamification market is estimated at around $100 million. It will grow to more than $2.8b by 2016.” — M2Research. According to Wikipedia and most gaming sites, Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in a non-game context to engage users and solve problems. Gamification is used in applications and processes to improve user engagement, Return on Investment, data quality, timeliness, and learning. Source:

“It’s game on, for human resource officers. Increasingly, organizations like Marriott, Deloitte, Aetna and even the Department of Defense are using gaming to recruit, develop and motivate employees.”

How to select good instructional games:

“Hong, Cheng, Hwang, Lee, and Chang (2009) surveyed educators to create a checklist of criteria that determine the educational value of a game. The seven categories they identified included: mentality challenge, emotional fulfillment, knowledge enhancement, thinking skill development, interpersonal skills, spatial ability development and bodily coordination. ” Source: Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching by M.D. Roblyer and Aaron H. Doering. p.95

Game software: How to create games:

I played around with free on-line game software and created a few simple games.  Games created on Pro Prof’s game site were amazingly simple and took less than 15 minutes to create which included reading the instructions. I found Contour 2 to be very simple and only required 3 hours to put together a shooter game following their instructions. The software, Thinking Games was the most attractive because it provides ready made 2D models but the models are not for commercial use. However, they are great to use in order to learn the software. After many hours of researching, I combined a list of resources of game software you may chose from to create your own games. These are the most popular game softwares used in the game industry.  Many of these software’s are free. Some are free but the upgraded version has a fee. My next post will feature more complex 2D and 3D games that I am developing with various software’s such as Thinking Games, Unity, Blender and Maya.

Popular game design software:
Blender Free
Construct 2
DX Studio Free
Game Maker
Autodesk Mayo
Utility 3D
Thinking Games

Here is a link to “19 Free Game Engines”. This blog really gives details and levels for you to decide which game engine is for you.


This game was created on Pro Profs game site. many games to play and many types you can create.  These games are to be used on the company website or for social media.  Total time 15 minutes.

Heres a scrabble game.


My favorite games are finding objects or words.

Here is a link to a shooter game (beginners tutorial) developed in Construct 2: Very simple,and  basic ; however, there is basic programming involved.  If and then statements. Same type of statements used in Articulates Storyline for variables Rustic 123 is my game developers name. :}.  – 3 hours.



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