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Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

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TitleThe Original Mobile Games: Recreating Historic Dexterity Puzzle Games For Digital Mobile Platforms
Presenter(s)Stephen Jacobs
TimeFriday, October 12, 1:00p-2:00p
LocationLake Michigan
Description"The Original Mobile Games" (TOMG) is a digital collection of historic handheld puzzle games from The Strong National Museum of Play. The genre became a popular culture phenomenon with "Pigs in Clover," which was the "Angry Birds" of 1889. More than ball mazes, these "dexterity games" also used equipment like jigsaw style puzzle pieces, dominoes, dice, "jumping beans" and more. They were often themed around political upheavals and/or popular culture phenomena and are played by tilting, shaking and/or tapping; acts that map well to today's mobile platforms. Students and faculty from RIT worked with The Strong to bring 27 of these historic games, background information on them, and photographs of each, to iOS and Android. TOMG was polished and released the with support from Second Avenue Learning, Inc. This post-mortem will cover the history and design of these original games, while examining the process, challenges and successes involved in shipping TOMG.

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