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  • 1. THE WORLD OF SERIOUS GAMES ///////////////////////////////////////////// AN OVERVIEW OF SERIOUS GAMES FOR SKILL BUILDING
  • 2. What is a Serious Game ? A Serious game is… 1 2 a mental contest, played with a computer in accordance with specific rules that uses entertainment to further government or corporate training, education, health, public policy, and strategic communication objectives /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// A Serious game is used in … a Training for new Technical , Safety and Behavioral Skills b Providing Employees a safe environment to practice learnt Skills c Reinforce skills, practices and processes
  • 3. Serious Games develop… 3 2 1 Improved Attention, Vision and Cognition Communication Skills and Networking Problem Solving & Negotiation Skills /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// Judgment Analysis & Strategic Thinking 4 Narrative Skills Non-linear Thinking Patterns 5 6
  • 4. Games for the IT Professional Serious Games is growingly used as a performance support system for training and development initiatives, especially in the field of IT. Serious games that can help IT Professionals learn faster, can be categorized based on the skill focus. /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// PLANNING PEOPLE MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION / LINGUISTIC CREATIVITY BUSINESS STRATEGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
  • 5. Cities XL City Rain Royal Envoy Plants vs. Zombies PLANNING
  • 6. Cities XL “ You are the virtual mayor and as such, you will need to find the right balance between economic development for your city, public transportation, housing, social services, leisure activities and even special events in town. http://www2.citiesxl.com/ ” Microsoft Games
  • 7. Cities XL WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT CITIES XL: A Multiplayer Game Photorealistic quality of Content Progress tracked on multiple goals Easy to relate for Business Managers /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// WHAT MIGHT NEED SOME DELIBERATION: Not based on winning; the game is based on a “never-ending model” where there is no set win or end point. As players progress and achieve goals, new goals will be set and the game continues. http://www2.citiesxl.com/ Microsoft Games
  • 8. City Rain “ In City Rain, you play as a member of an elite environmental Swat Force in charge of restructuring cities, before they are penalized by the World Environment Protection agency http://www.ovologames.com/cityrain/index.php ” Ovolo Games
  • 9. City Rain WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT CITY RAIN: o Choice of 20 massive strategy missions with 43 objectives o 3 Distinct modes of Game play; including quick mission projects and “never ending” projects /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// http://www.ovologames.com/cityrain/index.php Ovolo Games
  • 10. Royal Envoy “ Take the King's challenge! Save the wonderful land of countless islands from the merciless forces of nature. Construct and upgrade homes and buildings for the island citizens and become the chief city planner of marvelous Islandshire in this fun Planning, Resource Management game. http://www.playrix.com/games/online/royal-envoy.html ” Playrix Games
  • 11. Royal Envoy WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: A blend of planning and time management Over 90 levels of game play Simple rules of play /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// WHAT MIGHT NEED SOME DELIBERATION: Not a distinctly Serious game, although it greatly helps in developing quick thinking skills and strategic planning http://www.playrix.com/games/online/royal-envoy.html Playrix Games
  • 12. Plants vs. Zombies “ The game involves a homeowner using many varieties of plants to repel an army of zombies from "eating their brains". Players need to plan how to defend themselves from the zombies, by choosing plants with the given resources http://www.popcap.com/games/plants-vs-zombies/pc ” Popcap Games
  • 13. Plants vs. Zombies WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o Extremely Engaging o Cannot be won if the player does not plan properly o Various levels to master o Available in iPad, PC and online modes /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// WHAT MIGHT NEED SOME DELIBERATION: Not a distinctly Serious game, although it greatly helps in developing quick thinking skills and strategic planning http://www.popcap.com/games/plants-vs-zombies/pc Popcap Games
  • 14. Bookworm Meaning Fall Dynamo Word COMMUNICATION
  • 15. Book Worm “ Have an appetite for words? Then join Lex the Bookworm in the hit word-puzzle game. Link letter tiles left, right, up and down to build words to keep Lex sated and smiling. The bigger the word, the better the bonus. But watch out for burning letters — they could spell disaster for you and Lex! http://www.popcap.com/games/bookworm/pc ” Popcap Games
  • 16. Book Worm WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o Extremely Engaging o Enhances player’s vocabulary o Simple rules o Multiple Levels of difficulty /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// WHAT MIGHT NEED SOME DELIBERATION: Like most Word/Communication games focuses on words known rather than new words for learning. However, players learn spellings and are motivated to develop their vocabulary http://www.popcap.com/games/bookworm/pc Popcap Games
  • 17. Meaning Fall “ A word game which mixes the logic of crossword with the consequences of hangman. Use the clue to guess the hidden word. With each correct letter you're one step closer to safety. Guess wrong and a raging river awaits. http://www.mochimedia.com/games/play/meaning-fall ” Mochi media
  • 18. Meaning Fall WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o Extremely Engaging o Enhances player’s vocabulary o Simple rules and multiple difficulty levels o Helps in learning new words /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// WHAT MIGHT NEED SOME DELIBERATION: The Initial few levels might be a little simplistic, but the difficulty increases after the first four levels http://www.mochimedia.com/games/play/meaning-fall Mochi media
  • 19. Dynamo Word “ It's a high-energy word learning experience that's made up of a lot of fun and exciting moving parts. Includes multiple games for learning vocabulary and synonyms and Tracks progress of Players. Dynamo.dictionary.com ” Dictionary.com
  • 20. Dynamo Word WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o Tracks progress of players over days o Connects with Facebook o Focused Games GRE/LSAT/TOEFL words o Multiple Levels of difficulty o Choice of creating one’s own list of words for games /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// WHAT MIGHT NEED SOME DELIBERATION: Available as a free online version only Dynamo.dictionary.com Dictionary.com
  • 21. Age of Empires Capitalism Innov8 STRATEGY
  • 22. Age of Empires “ Age of Empires is an epic real-time strategy game spanning 10,000 years, in which players are the guiding spirit in the evolution of small stone age tribes. Starting with minimal resources, players are challenged to build their tribes into great civilizations. Gamers can choose from one of several ways to win the game, including: world domination by conquering enemy civilizations, exploration of the known world and economic victory through the accumulation of wealth. ” http://www.microsoft.com/games/empires/ Published by Microsoft Games
  • 23. Age of Empires WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o Very Popular and Acclaimed o Multiplayer games o Provides opportunities to Collaborate with other players o Requires multi dimensional thinking /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// WHAT MIGHT NEED SOME DELIBERATION: Not based on winning; the game is based on a “neverending model” where there is no set win or end point. As players progress and achieve goals, new goals will be set and the game continues. http://www.microsoft.com/games/empires/ Published by Microsoft Games
  • 24. Capitalism “ You become a corporate CEO and face real-world challenges as you build a business empire! It's a comprehensive business simulation that gives you the power to win the competition in the free market, with complex business strategies that might make you millions! http://www.enlight.com/capitalism2/ ” Interactive Magic
  • 25. Capitalism WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o Very Popular and Acclaimed o Used in Harvard and Stanford as a Learning Support for teaching Business Management o Provides opportunities to Collaborate with other players o Incorporates multiple real-life scenarios in business management http://www.enlight.com/capitalism2/ Interactive Magic
  • 26. Innov8 “ The INNOV8 BPM simulation game brings IT and business together for process model innovation. Both IT and business professionals understand that processes are critical to success. They just look at them from different perspectives. INNOV8, the IBM Business Process Management (BPM) simulation game, gives both IT and business players a better understanding of how effective BPM impacts an entire business ecosystem. ” www.ibm.com/innov8 http://youtu.be/XfzR_I9N15k IBM
  • 27. Innov8 WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o Brings IT and business together for process model innovation o An academic edition available for Teaching Business Process Management, used by the University of South California o Has three different games namely,  Smarter Traffic - Evaluate existing traffic patterns and re-route traffic based on incoming metrics.  Smarter Customer Service - Using a call center environment, players develop more efficient ways to respond to customers.  Smarter Supply Chains - Evaluate a traditional supply chain model, balance supply and demand and reduce environmental impact. www.ibm.com/innov8 http://youtu.be/XfzR_I9N15k IBM
  • 28. PeaceMaker Harmony Island CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
  • 29. PeaceMaker “ PeaceMaker challenges you to succeed as a leader where others have failed. Experience the joy of bringing peace to the Middle East or the agony of plunging the region into disaster. PeaceMaker will test your skills, assumptions and prior knowledge. Play it and you will never read the news the same way again. ” www.Peacemakergame.com Hybrid Learning System
  • 30. PeaceMaker WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o Only available game on Conflict Resolution for Adults o Gives real scenarios in the conflict resolution process with countries o Easy to use o Players can listen to advisors to make decisions /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// WHAT MIGHT NEED SOME DELIBERATION: The game is politically focused and hence application of the learnt techniques in everyday conflict resolution might be difficult www.Peacemakergame.com Hybrid Learning System
  • 31. Harmony Island “ Lizard crashes, cave art, wave parties, tribal councils, talking monkeys: all are part of one rockin’ island! A diverse collection of islanders are prepping for the annual Harmony Festival. Only you can determine if the day ends with a totem-topping extravaganza or a totem-tumbling tussle. Get primitive with the natives, learn about conflict resolution, and restore harmony to Harmony Island! ” http://www.academicedge.com/products/harmonyisland Academic Edge
  • 32. Harmony Island WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o Engaging design o Scenario based game o Gives psychological insights o Based on the STAR model for Conflict Resolution: Stop, Think, Act and Reflect /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// WHAT MIGHT NEED SOME DELIBERATION: Designed for School Curriculum http://www.academicedge.com/products/harmonyisland Academic Edge
  • 33. Everest PEOPLE MANAGEMENT
  • 34. Everest “ A Leader and four other team members will attempt to summit Mount Everest in this collaborative multi-player simulation. There are five camps or checkpoints along the route to the Summit (top) of Mt. Everest. At each camp, team members analyze information on weather, health conditions, supplies, goals, or hiking speed, and determine how much of that information to communicate to their teammates. ” http://forio.com/sim-store Harvard Business Publishing and Forio
  • 35. Everest WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o The simulation is team-based with each team of mountaineers requiring 5 users to play. However, if the team is not divisible by 5 then multiple Observer roles can be assigned to one or more teams allowing extra players to still participate and offer valuable post-play observations during debrief. o Team members are able to chat with one another via built-in chat functionality, and administrators are able to send chat messages to entire teams. o The simulation may either be run where each individual team leader chooses when to enter decisions and advance to the next round, or where a faculty member chooses to advance rounds for all teams at once. http://forio.com/sim-store Harvard Business Publishing and Forio
  • 36. Scratch CREATIVITY
  • 37. Scratch “ Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art and share creations on the web. Developed by MIT Medialab http://scratch.mit.edu/ ” MIT Medialab
  • 38. PM Game Sharkworld Project Pyramid PROJECT MANAGEMENT
  • 39. PM Game “ In this single-player simulation, students make both quantitative and qualitative decisions as they manage a critical new product development project for a printer manufacturer. Players' primary objective is to bring a competitive product to market on time and on budget, ahead of the competition and can choose from among five distinct and realistic scenarios, each designed to highlight specific learning objectives. ” http://forio.com/sim-store Harvard Business Publishing and Forio
  • 40. PM Game WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o Explores trade-offs among the 3 major project management levers: scope, resources, and schedule o Illustrates importance of and trade-offs associated with level, timing and type of communication o Shows the value of coaching and training Examines importance of team member morale on productivity o Aids in illustrating the concept of earned value management o Highlights importance of appropriately timing changes in project resource allocation o Forces students to navigate projects through uncertainty and unanticipated events Illustrates the concept that correcting problems early in the course of the project provides significant benefit http://forio.com/sim-store Harvard Business Publishing and Forio
  • 41. Sharkworld “ Sharkworld allows aspiring project managers to experiment and gain experience with key aspects of project management in a highly entertaining and motivating setting. http://www.sharkworldgame.com ” Ranj Serious Games
  • 42. Sharkworld WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o This online game creates a convincing virtual environment in which a project is developed in real time, urging the player to interfere when things go wrong, or preferably, before they do. o Several suspense scenarios increase the entertainment value of the game. The game covers not only economic aspects, but also social aspects, conflict management and diplomatic skills. Interaction takes place in real life, by real life means. o The game will be playable online, but will also make use of other means of communicating with players. http://www.sharkworldgame.com Ranj Serious Games
  • 43. Project Pyramid “ The educational game ‘Project Pyramid’ teaches your personnel how to implement project management principles effectively. The game is based on project management methods such as PRINCE2®. The game is set in Egypt in the Fourth Dynasty, and the player must build the famous Pyramid of Cheops to enable the pharaoh to take his most valued objects with him into the afterlife. ” http://games-factory-online.nl Games Factory Online
  • 44. Project Pyramid WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS GAME: o All the aspects of a project have been included in the game, such as the organization of the project structure, risk analysis and risk assessment, taking the appropriate action to manage risk and ensuring that the requirements of the project are met in terms of quality, scope, budget and schedule. o Helps put project management knowledge and expertise into practice o Organization of a project structure with the relevant roles, tasks and responsibilities provided o Analysis, assessment and prevention of potential risks is a module in the game http://games-factory-online.nl Games Factory Online
  • 45. THANK YOU /////////////////////////// /////////////////////////// PREETHI ANAND