The Dinner Garden

GardenMind has partnered with The Dinner Garden to fight hunger!

When you play GardenMind, instead of imaginary prizes, you actually earn real life donations to The Dinner Garden!

GardenMind is a brain training game appropriate for all ages. Players will enjoy building a garden, growing virtual food, interacting with friends, and playing games that make a real difference in ending hunger in North America.

When you level up in GardenMind, seeds will automatically be donated to The Dinner Garden who in turn ship them across North America so that families in need can grow their own food.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (May 11, 2011) – With the razor sharp intellect of Brain Age™ and social charms of Farmville™, the social brain game GardenMind™ has been announced as a Finalist for next week’s Canadian Video Game of the Year Awards in the Social / Casual games category. The award ceremony, held next week in Vancouver, British Columbia features big hitting titles such as Mass Effect 2, Assassins Creed Brotherhood and Fifa Soccer 11.

GardenMind is a free-to-play game for lovers of brain games, puzzles games, Sudoku style games and those of you who generally enjoy flexing the big muscle between your ears. Competitive folk can challenge their friends across a ton of meaningful games, ranging from problem solving to math to memory games.

When asked about GardenMind, social game player Joy Olayta from Toronto said “if you like exercising your brain while playing fun games, you will love this one!”

Self-confessed word puzzle game junkie Michael Jarvis wrote “Excellent game. Relaxing and challenging.”

Rather than focusing on a single Brain Score outcome like traditional brain training games do, GardenMind offers a neat metaphor – your mind is represented as a virtual garden. To grow a flower you complete a word game; to grow a tree you play a memory game. Do nothing? Weeds grow.

GardenMind can be played on Facebook (http://apps.facebook.com/gardenmind) or at http://www.gardenmind.com.

The Canadian Video Game Awards ceremony will be held on May 18th at the Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver, British Columbia.

About GardenMind

GardenMind is developed by Vancouver-based developer, Inspirado Games. A Media Kit with more information about the game and the developer, including screenshots and video is available at http://www.inspiradogames.com/?page_id=174. Watch the GardenMind intro video here.

Contact:

Rick Davidson, Inspirado Games

+1 778-322-1816

rick@inspiradogames.com

@rick_inspirado

“T’is wise to help thy neighbor if thou wishes to receive help in return.”

- A very old Proverb

 


In response to the overwhelming effects of the recent earthquakes in both Japan and New Zealand, we have created two new Charity Items for the Gardens at GardenMind. All money from the purchase of these items will go to help the victims of the disasters through the Red Cross.

Over the next couple of weeks, the team at Inspirado Games will be hard at work helping raise money and awareness for the Red Cross Relief Efforts.

Here are some ways you can show your support to this Cause:

  • 1. Like our Fan Page
  • 2. Post a Message to your wall or blog telling your friends and community about the Charity Items.
  • 3. Purchase a Sakura Tree or Silver Fern at the Contribution Pond in your Garden.

We want to see games used to make a positive difference in the World. Let’s help our Global Community because you never know when we might need their help!

Conspiracy for Good was a real-world event that combined social media, augmented reality, interactive theatre, and real human emotions to create a highly immersive game experience, with a meaningful twist.

Over the span of days, players roamed the nooks and crannies of London in search for clues to uncover the great mystery. Their goal was to figure out who stole the money that was set aside to build a library for children in Zambia, Africa.

Members were given a Nokia x6 with the DeadDrop augmented reality app that works by scanning tagged items and sites throughout the city, before using GPS to locate hidden information each step of the story. With watchmen littering the streets busting anyone they overheard trying to uncover the secrets, text messaging and Twitter were the main channels of communication.

Click here to see the video trailer of Conspiracy for Good.

After a long, hard day, most of us just want to leave it all at the door – but the mind does not always seem willing to let us off the hook.

We do tend to get lost in it “all” – reliving the grueling events of the day, almost automatically. Being stuck like this is not restful, and puts enormous strain on the mind and body. The tighter we clutch to these thoughts, the easier it is to fall into the trap the next time, and the stronger the connections between neurons become. This unconscious practice actually creates a physical craving for more stress-related thoughts and feelings.

The good news is that these connections can be broken at any age. Stress is created by the mind, which means it is preventable through the same conduit. Our job then, is to put new information in front of us, and help foster an environment where new thoughts and feelings can replace the ones that no longer serve us.

Games which stimulate the mind are a helpful distraction when trying to break old thought patterns. They can stimulate the mind to look at problems in new ways, improve fine motor skills, increase speed and clarity of thought, and even enhance states of internal wellbeing. With time, stress will simply melt away and renewed inspiration can emerge!

The mind is on a continual mission! To learn, to dream, and to create connections that enable it to flourish! The more you trust and flow with this process, the better it will work for you. Happy Gaming!

No!

We believe that a lot of adults would enjoy games that are emotionally and intellectually stimulating – games that are clearly made for them!

Unlike the “Adult” rating that the ESRB bestows on mature games like Call of Duty, we’re referring to games that “older” people might like to play, and the issue of making games more relevant to adults over 40.

Jenova Chen, creator of the emotionally-driven games FlOw and Flower, stated this desire beautifully;

“I don’t play a lot of new games because I feel that games have to be – for adults like me – more relevant to my life. When you go out to an art gallery or go to see a movie, you’re expecting the film [or art] to either inform you on an intellectual level about certain aspects of life or entertain you on a deep emotional level.

I think a lot of games fail to educate you on an intellectual level, and the emotions they evoke are relatively primal. They are too shallow. Games are very good at making you feel excited, feel thrilled, and feel addicted, but these are the feelings that are very primal – that younger kids or teenagers will respond very well to. As adults we expect to feel something more complex and more sophisticated.”

See the full interview here: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/the-beautiful-game

So what do you think? Should developers stick to making shoot kill murder games, or walk down more innovative paths, the way Nintendo did with the Wii?

Golden Rule # 1, Set Goals

Direction can greatly improve your results when seeking to achieve something in life. If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you’re there, or what successes to celebrate?

To add some healthy pressure, start with small goals like getting good at one memory game, and keep track of your progress.  Stay on the lookout for ways that these small achievements are impacting your performance of real world tasks – this will do wonders for self-confidence.

Golden Rule # 2, Just Readjust

Not feeling as motivated about your goals? Get yourself out of a rut by reframing them! It is important to do things to rekindle that spark of inspiration when you are feeling low. Unlike brute force, inspiration propels us forward and fills us with more energy, not less.

Consider why you started these goals in the first place. Was it to become healthier? Did the idea of seeing your children or grandchildren graduate, or get married inspire you? Adjusting your perspective improves focus and can foster a deeper sense of commitment.

Golden Rule # 3, Start from Scratch

To use your brain to its highest potential, get out of your rut as soon as possible! Ruts are the opposite of novel and challenging, two key characteristics of a healthy mind.

If you find reframing difficult in certain situations, distract yourself with something positive and stimulating. Stretch your creative muscle, do a crossword puzzle, or play a card game with a friend. The key to a healthy and successful life is to train your mind to process things in new ways, and over-thinking works in opposition to this. Sometimes it’s better to just start over.

Golden Rule # 4, Celebrate Curiosity

Immerse yourself in activities and topics that hold your attention and challenge your mind in new ways. If you don’t care about what you’re learning, you won’t retain much of it. After a good chunk of focus, remember to reward yourself! Train your brain to crave new knowledge and appreciate mini-triumphs, and sustainable motivation will become a dominant habit in no time!

Golden Rule # 5, Holistic Head

The brain is a highly complex system which interacts with various other parts and integrates into our lives in fascinating ways. Variety is key when it comes to brain training.

Positive social interaction, healthy eating habits, exercise and stress management play significant roles in fostering a healthy mind. While targeting areas of the brain like memory or focus is beneficial, we must remember that unlocking more of the brain’s potential requires a balanced approach in mind, body and soul.

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