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Old 06-05-2008, 09:30 PM
Adam Krebs
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Default Help Design the Zune Social Trivia Game!

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://forums.zune.net/253816/ShowPost.aspx' target='_blank'>http://forums.zune.net/253816/ShowPost.aspx</a><br /><br /></div><img border="1" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/zt/auto/1212696468.usr495.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />Jessica Zahn, Zune Social program manager and all-around cool gal, has been enlisting help with a new feature for the Social, a sort-of trivia game that will combine personal quizzes with music knowledge. This has been <a href="http://www.zunethoughts.com/news/show/32548" target="_blank">on the books</a> for a while, but recently Jessica (Ztag: <a href="http://social.zune.net/member/Jetherealz" target="_blank">Jetherealz</a>) has started getting serious, dropping a ton of <a href="http://jzune.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">specs and proposed features</a>. Additionally, she's been enlisting help from the Community&mdash;that's right, capitalized&mdash;to design and skin the site. Ryan (Ztag: <a href="http://social.zune.net/member/Volvoshine" target="_blank">Volvoshine</a>) alerted us to a <a href="http://www.zunescene.mobi/forums/index.php?topic=38423.0" target="_blank">mockup</a> he's currently working on over at Zune-Scene that looks pretty cool so far. If you want to get involved, visit the <a href="http://forums.zune.net/32/ShowForum.aspx" target="_blank">Zune.net forums</a>, and make your voice heard.
 
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:02 PM
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I think this is great and I want the Zune to be very successful. But If you really want some good resources I recommend at least sitting back and watching this brilliant talk:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtFroEJN1nI

It's Luis von Ahn CMU Ph.D giving the talk and he's also the creator of the ESP game, Pickaboom, and others to demonstrate his research.

What's really going on here is that you want to improve search quality by using human workers for free. That should be what users know upfront. The site talks only a little bit about it and it's kinda buried.

Secondly, in designing this game, think about what Luis characterizes as "Games with a Purpose." More specifically the "Asymmetric/Symmetric Verification Games" concepts he points out. In fact, I would base this Zone Trivia game on these very principles. It will make the game fun and addicting plus better search quality between text and music.

My $0.02,

~= Chris =~
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