So you mean something else when you say your serious game has been “validated”? Confusion Part 2

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

What do you mean when you say your serious game has been validated? Experimental vs. Test Validity

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

“How do you measure self-efficacy? The answer may surprise you”

As a follow-up to my post on measuring the impact of serious games (see “8 Tips For Measuring the Impact of Serious Games”), let me give you a little quiz. It’s not as easy as it may seem. Let’s say you made a serious game to increase the engagement of seniors in regular physical activity…… Continue reading “How do you measure self-efficacy? The answer may surprise you”

“Working with researchers who are legendary game designers in their own mind”

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”

“10 Tips for Finding a Developer to Make Your First Serious Game”

1. Work out your serious game idea and learning goals as much as possible before you approach a development team. If not, the developers will make the game that they are capable of making which may or may not be the game that fits the best with your goals. 2. Play AT LEAST two commercial…… Continue reading “10 Tips for Finding a Developer to Make Your First Serious Game”

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