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In this workshop, veteran game designer Nicholas Fortugno introduces the core idea of serious game design: using game mechanics and play to communicate, teach, or persuade. The workshop gives a definition of games that provides tools to think about the underlying systems that make them work, and then shows how those systems can be constructed to lead to specific play patterns. Examples are shown from successful serious games of the relationship between the game mechanics and the serious content. Participants then take part in a hands-on analog game design exercise to put these lessons to work by making a prototypes of a game for a pre-selected issue. The goal of the workshop is to give participants direct experience thinking in game design terms and trying to apply game design in an instrumental way. No previous game design experience required.
Nick Fortugno, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Playmatics