At many serious games conferences I attend, people talk about the pressing need for more serious games to be validated. People talk about the handful of examples of serious games that have been validated. I assume this means that scientific trials were conducted that validated the use of these serious game to impact outcomes. But…… Continue reading What do you mean when you say your serious game has been validated? Experimental vs. Test Validity
Putting self-efficacy theory into serious games
People often ask me how one can incorporate a learning or behavioral theories into games. It is not easy to do but there is one theory that has been incorporated into serious games with much success. That is self-efficacy theory. I have used this theory as guidance in both of my big games (Re-Mission and…… Continue reading Putting self-efficacy theory into serious games
Only 1 in 10 play the whole video game: Implications for serious game development
In the video game industry, an important measure of a game’s success is its sales. Of course the extent to which players of the game are engaged in it and give it positive reviews supports the sales of the game and its popularity. But if a million people buy a commercial game and only 100,000…… Continue reading Only 1 in 10 play the whole video game: Implications for serious game development
Games and aggression: Is it a bad thing?
I am often asked what I think about video games and aggression. It is a funny question because how can I say that games can’t make you aggressive if I also think games can affect what you do and think? I’d like to take this opportunity to resolve this seeming contradiction. First of all, I would…… Continue reading Games and aggression: Is it a bad thing?
How do you get doctors interested in games for health? A biofeedback game for patient safety!
I am a big fan of Eric Bartelson who is the chief editor of Control (international edition). He is a video game visionary and really appreciated early on how serious games are relevant to the commercial game industry. I got to know him when he did a feature section in Control on games in healthcare back in…… Continue reading How do you get doctors interested in games for health? A biofeedback game for patient safety!