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Gaming Square Pegs
into
Dinosaur-shaped Holes:
Adventures in Game Design
at the
American Museum
of Natural History
Barry
@...
The GLS Museum of Natural History
#SPMuseum
Welcome to the
Grand Opening of the
Serious Play Museum
of Natural History
#SPMuseum
Play.Amnh.org/GLS
American Museum of Natural History
#SPMuseum
photobyJeffreyMilstein
American Museum of Natural History
#SPMuseum
American Museum of Natural History
#SPMuseum
American Museum of Natural History
#SPMuseum
American Museum of Natural History
#SPMuseum
American Museum of Natural History
#SPMuseum
American Museum of Natural History
#SPMuseum
History of Innovations in Public Engagement & Education
Lantern
Slides
Dioramas
Audio
Tours
Laser
Show
#SPMuseum
Games For the Public
CD-ROM
Space Cruiser
Accomplice Mead Arcade
#SPMuseum
Games For Education
Cretaceous Seas
What Happened to the Neanderthals?
#SPMuseum
Games For Public, Through Education Programs
Card
Pterosaurs
Killer Snails
Flora
#SPMuseum
Games For Public, Through Education Programs
Mobile
MicroRangers
Playing With Dinos
#SPMuseum
Games For Public, Through Education Programs
laptop
Minecraft at the Museum
#SPMuseum
Games For Public, Through Education Programs
role-playing
Crime Scene Neanderthal
#SPMuseum
Minecraft at the Museum
#SPMuseum
Pterosaurs: The Card Game
#SPMuseum
MicroRangers
#SPMuseum
MicroRangers
#SPMuseum
Educational Objectives of the Game:
People who play the game will be able to:
• Gain a familiarity with a diversity of mic...
MicroRangers
#SPMuseum
MicroRangers
#SPMuseum
MicroRangers
#SPMuseum
MicroRangers
#SPMuseum
MicroRangers
#SPMuseum
MicroRangers
#SPMuseum
Coral
Bioluminescence
Seal
Beaver
Bison
Raccoon
Spruce-Fir Forest
Forest Floor
Chestnut Tree
Home
Base
Coral BioluminescenceSeal
Identify:
Solve:
collect
(zooxanthellae)
calibrate
(temp & pH)
investigate
(photobacteria)
clean...
Playing with Dinos
#SPMuseum
Playing with Dinos
#SPMuseum
Playing with Dinos
Tiny Games
•Easy to learn and play (minimal instructions)
•Short duration (5-10 minutes)
•Need limited ...
Playing with Dinos
Tiny Games
•Easy to learn and play (minimal instructions)
•Short duration (5-10 minutes)
•Need limited ...
Playing with Dinos
Youth Workshop
#SPMuseum
Playing with Dinos
#SPMuseum
Playing with Dinos
#SPMuseum
Playing with Dinos
Why Tiny Games?
• Easy to create (relatively)
• Flexible use
• Low barrier to entry
• Adapts to audienc...
Playing with Dinos
Why Tiny Games?
• Easy to create (relatively)
• Flexible use
• Low barrier to entry
• Adapts to audienc...
Gaming Square Pegs
into
Dinosaur-shaped Holes:
Adventures in Game Design
at the
American Museum
of Natural History
Barry
@...
Barry Joseph
@MMMooshme
Mooshme.org
ObjectOriented.info
#SPMuseum
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Presenter: Barry Joseph, Associate Director for Digital Learning, American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869 and soon became a world leader in presenting artifacts from nature and culture to the public. From magic lantern slides to immersive dioramas, it has innovated new pathways for visitors to connect with science and their place in the universe. In recent years, the Museum has explored a new cutting-edge dimension in the museum experience: game design. This interactive session will help participants question and reinvent the idea of what a museum is by creating, interpreting, and playing with exhibits themselves. This experience will lead into a larger exploration and discussion of game design at museums as reflected in three recent and diverse projects: MicroRangers, an augmented mobile game about microorganisms inspired by Pandemic; Playing With Dinos, a Tiny Games-style platform of quick social games; and Killer Snails, a deck-building game about (what else?) killer snails.

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Barry Joseph - Gaming Square Pegs into Dinosaur-shaped Holes: Adventures in Game Design at the American Museum of Natural History

  1. 1. Gaming Square Pegs into Dinosaur-shaped Holes: Adventures in Game Design at the American Museum of Natural History Barry @MMMooshme Mooshme.org #SPMuseum
  2. 2. The GLS Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  3. 3. Welcome to the Grand Opening of the Serious Play Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum Play.Amnh.org/GLS
  4. 4. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum photobyJeffreyMilstein
  5. 5. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  6. 6. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  7. 7. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  8. 8. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  9. 9. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  10. 10. American Museum of Natural History #SPMuseum
  11. 11. History of Innovations in Public Engagement & Education Lantern Slides Dioramas Audio Tours Laser Show #SPMuseum
  12. 12. Games For the Public CD-ROM Space Cruiser Accomplice Mead Arcade #SPMuseum
  13. 13. Games For Education Cretaceous Seas What Happened to the Neanderthals? #SPMuseum
  14. 14. Games For Public, Through Education Programs Card Pterosaurs Killer Snails Flora #SPMuseum
  15. 15. Games For Public, Through Education Programs Mobile MicroRangers Playing With Dinos #SPMuseum
  16. 16. Games For Public, Through Education Programs laptop Minecraft at the Museum #SPMuseum
  17. 17. Games For Public, Through Education Programs role-playing Crime Scene Neanderthal #SPMuseum
  18. 18. Minecraft at the Museum #SPMuseum
  19. 19. Pterosaurs: The Card Game #SPMuseum
  20. 20. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  21. 21. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  22. 22. Educational Objectives of the Game: People who play the game will be able to: • Gain a familiarity with a diversity of microorganisms • Describe that microorganisms are part of a complex ecosystem across scales • Describe how humans are part of that complex ecosystem • Appreciate the overall importance of a healthy ecosystem • Identify the microscale within the museum’s macroscale MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  23. 23. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  24. 24. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  25. 25. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  26. 26. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  27. 27. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  28. 28. MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  29. 29. Coral Bioluminescence Seal Beaver Bison Raccoon Spruce-Fir Forest Forest Floor Chestnut Tree Home Base
  30. 30. Coral BioluminescenceSeal Identify: Solve: collect (zooxanthellae) calibrate (temp & pH) investigate (photobacteria) clean-up pollution develop vaccine protein structure MicroRangers #SPMuseum
  31. 31. Playing with Dinos #SPMuseum
  32. 32. Playing with Dinos #SPMuseum
  33. 33. Playing with Dinos Tiny Games •Easy to learn and play (minimal instructions) •Short duration (5-10 minutes) •Need limited props (or none) •Accessible via personal mobile device •Can be played anywhere, with anyone #SPMuseum
  34. 34. Playing with Dinos Tiny Games •Easy to learn and play (minimal instructions) •Short duration (5-10 minutes) •Need limited props (or none) •Accessible via personal mobile device •Playable onsite at the museum •Focused on museum content •Appropriate for all ages •Can be played without staff facilitation #SPMuseum
  35. 35. Playing with Dinos Youth Workshop #SPMuseum
  36. 36. Playing with Dinos #SPMuseum
  37. 37. Playing with Dinos #SPMuseum
  38. 38. Playing with Dinos Why Tiny Games? • Easy to create (relatively) • Flexible use • Low barrier to entry • Adapts to audience needs #SPMuseum
  39. 39. Playing with Dinos Why Tiny Games? • Easy to create (relatively) • Flexible use • Low barrier to entry • Adapts to audience needs • Content! #SPMuseum
  40. 40. Gaming Square Pegs into Dinosaur-shaped Holes: Adventures in Game Design at the American Museum of Natural History Barry @MMMooshme Mooshme.org #SPMuseum
  41. 41. Barry Joseph @MMMooshme Mooshme.org ObjectOriented.info #SPMuseum

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