My son is a gamer he plays all types of games (card, board, live action and computers). He knows he wants to do “something” with computers when he heads off to college in a couple of years. To help him figure it out he is taking a course on The Foundations of Game Design at our community college. He is particularly intrigued with the design of games; what motivates the player to keep going, strategy, scoring and leveling.
He recently shared with me Extra Credits by Penny Arcade. It is series of podcast on gaming and the game industry. It is pretty informative and entertaining. If you know a gamer in your life or are interested in the industry please pass them a long. They are well worth watching. I have learned a lot.