Do serious games for health HAVE to be digital? No! The aim is to use game design approaches to educate and train. Analog games such as board and card games can be a perfect solution in many contexts. They are also really fun to make and have benefits over digital games. Ready Rufus: Find Professor…… Continue reading A Board Game for Children with Hemophilia: Find Professor Tapps
In my previous post on validating serious games (“What do you mean when you say your serious game has been validated? Experimental vs. Test Validity”) I tried to clear up some confusion around what it means when someone says their game has been “validated.” I called for people to specify whether or not their game…… Continue reading So you mean something else when you say your serious game has been “validated”? Confusion Part 2
I was recently asked on Twitter if I thought brain training games like Lumosity were “any good.” My short Twitter response was that the answer is YES, NO, and MAYBE. Here is a more detailed explanation from my perspective as a psychologist, researcher and maker of serious games. When is the answer “YES”? Arthur Rubenstein,…… Continue reading Do Brain Training Games Work? Yes, No and Maybe.
I believe that great serious games embody a balance between the various disciplines that should be collaborating to bring out the best each has to offer. When I give talks about interdisciplinary collaboration in making serious games, I often say that when you play a serious game, you can tell who had too much power…… Continue reading “Relying on experts in making serious games: It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take…”
A good serious game is inherently interdisciplinary. It requires multimedia artists, engineers, business people, content experts, behavioral scientists, designers, project managers, quality assurance experts, producers, administrators and members of the target audience to work together seamlessly to produce a product that combines engaging gameplay with learning goals. One of the biggest challenges facing the serious game team is…… Continue reading “Working with researchers who are legendary game designers in their own mind”