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Dec 2013 Gamification and Immersive Technology Strategies E newsletter


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This document is the Gamification and Immersive Technology Strategies December 2013 E-Newsletters with updated information on Gamification, Recent Events, New models and theories and Upcoming events

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Dec 2013 Gamification and Immersive Technology Strategies E newsletter

  1. 1. Welcome to the December 2013 Gamification and Immersive Technology Strategies Newsletter. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful festive season and a successful coming year. In this Newsletter          Gamification Developments and Insights Horizon 2020 Conference Review ImReal Final Workshop Oman Competitiveness Forum Review Gamification and Profiling Gamification for Health Calls for Papers Upcoming Conferences and Seminars Slideshare Archives Gamification Developments and Insights Xbox One and PS4 Head to Head December is a traditional time of peace and goodwill to all men – unless you happen to be competing head to head in the race for the usual Christmas present buying race. This year it brings together Microsoft and Sony in the battle for hearts, minds and wallets with Microsoft opting for a strategy which positions Xbox One as a flexible multi-functional home entertainment solution which could open up multiple opportunities in a wide range of application areas whilst Sony seems to be targeting hard-core gamers with the ultimate in high fidelity games console experience. Both companies are arguably adopting high risk strategies although I suspect that both products will do extremely well and could benefit from their product differentiation in the sense that, with different target users, they will not be involved in a “winner takes all” contest. The continued and accelerating pace of “smart” technologies designed to make life as easy as possible for the consumer, giving us supposedly more control over our lives with ever more choice of increasingly personalised online services worries me. These emerging technologies are what we demand to enrich our lives but the embedding of human intelligence in technology inevitably reduces the demand on and/or opportunity for the use of our own problem solving skills. Over the last month I have listened to a number of people in a range of different contexts express similar concerns. Most recently, in a break-out session during the Oman Competitiveness Forum, a delegate criticised the lack of challenge in his child’s education and drew a parallel with his lack of opportunity to diagnose and fix faulty air conditioning in his home because the manufacturers make it cheaper to replace the whole unit. In Vilnius a few weeks earlier I had listened to the inventor of the Raspberry Pi explain that his motivation for developing the Pi was to provide children with the same excitement and challenge he had experienced with the very basic BBC Micro rather than just picking up a phone or tablet so intuitive that there is little scope for challenge or problem solving. Bread and Circuses These comments and similar remarks expressed with increasing frequency and nostalgia for “the good old days” makes me convinced that human beings need constant challenge in their lives to grow and develop and that this basic human need provides some explanation for the explosion in demand for games. We live in a paradoxical world where we simultaneously need both security and risk. Throughout history, civilisations have recognised this. In Roman times, the expression “bread and circuses” was used to describe the politics of the time and today the same metaphors can still be applied to describe how we still respond to this paradoxical mix of basic needs and excitement. I do not wish to make any political points in making this observation except to say that my worry is that we are coming to rely too heavily on technology to provide today’s “bread and circuses”. Although the technology train has now left the station and cannot be stopped, we should be more concerned with our humanity and take steps to defend the characteristics of human nature that have brought us thus far. Horizon 2020 Conference Review Horizon 2020 opening plenary session
  2. 2. The Horizon 2020 conference took place in Vilnius, Lithuania. It was a massive event with very large exhibition area and a bewildering array of parallel break-out sessions and delegate-organised events, all of which were designed to not only launch the new Horizon 2020 strategy but also create new partnership opportunities between delegates. There were over 3,000 attendees from across Europe and beyond and I was very pleased to see that a substantial part of the EU’s budget for new projects will be focused on addressing societal challenges and that gamification is also included in the upcoming calls for proposals. You can download the Horizon 2020 Work Programme from! I will be looking to become involved in funding bids related to serious games, gamification and societal challenges so if you are interested in working with me, contact me on ImReal Final Workshop ImReal Final Workshop at the University of Leeds The final event of the ImReal FP7 European Project took place at the University of Leeds last month and took the form of a series of presentations by the project partners followed by an exhibition and demonstrations of some of the applications developed. I have been involved in ImReal in supporting the serious games developer, Milan-based Imaginary at some of the events and through some dissemination of ImReal’s activities. The conference in Leeds was very well attended. The ImReal projects is based on the concept of “Augmented Virtuality” and seeks to provide blended connections between virtual or online learning applications and real world experiences. There were a number of applications presented including some serious games that support reflective learning with tools to add new content based on user experiences so that the learning content does not remain static but is continuously informed by new insights. Oman Competitiveness Forum Review Oman Competitiveness Forum Opening Plenary The Oman Competitiveness Forum OCF 2013 took place at the Al Bustan hotel in Muscat at the Beginning of December. I was one of a number of invited international guests to take part in various thematic plenary and break-out sessions designed to explore and debate how Oman could take steps to develop its international competitiveness and exploit its natural strengths. The thematic discussion areas included National Identity and Vision (Branding), Enterprise, Learning, Sustainable Growth and Smart Communities. I was one of a handful of guests who had previously visited Oman and so knew something of their culture and infrastructure. As well as taking part in the panel session and facilitating a break-out session, I was also invited to visit Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM) to see their Incubation centre and National Business Centre. In addition, myself and my colleagues from the Smart Communities session had private dinner and breakfast meetings with the Dr Salim Al Ruzaiqi of ITA, Oman’s Telecomms Agency. My conclusion from the Forum was that Oman is like a jewel in the desert waiting to discover itself. I observed many of the elements that are needed to compete in a global society. They have a strong visionary leader, a peaceful and positive society, many indicators of distinct identity and some important regulatory standards such as National ID cards. Oman is a beautiful country with very warm and welcoming people who are proud of their heritage. Whilst there are still some infrastructure strategies that need adjustment, I came away from Oman believing that they have the potential to occupy an important competitive position in the Middle East with a distinct brand identity. The most important requirement is to for them to understand their competitive strengths and for a catalyst to stimulate innovative and creative thinking in education and business. Gamification and Profiling The Gamification Profiling Model The Gamification Profiling Model is a new concept designed to analyse and explore the use of gamification for the profiling of both activities and human personalities. It is a 3 dimensional model whose axes are Level of Engagement/Motivation, Balance of Reward Mechanisms (Intrinsic or Extrinsic) and Balance of Locus of Control (External or Internal). My belief is that all human beings adopt different roles in this model according to the activity and their general personality. If this is true, then not only could the model be used to profile personality but also shape activities through the use of gamification to change attitudes and behaviour to achieve an objective. Gamification could then be understood as a process by which attitudes, behaviours and possibly even personality traits can be shaped by using the principles, psychologies and methodologies of games.
  3. 3. Gamification for Health Jawbone UP Nutrition Display I continue to explore the use of my Jawbone UP bracelet for managing my weight and my health. The screenshot above shows a nutrition display based on the food I ate. Having now reached my target weight, I am concentrating on improving my general health, but as well as the extra well-being that comes from the satisfaction of losing weight, I have also noticed some additional effects on my health that were unexpected. Amongst these benefits are improved sleep patterns which in turn lead to more energy and a sharper mind. Since I have been using the UP bracelet I have gone from regularly interrupted sleep with several visits to the bathroom to almost sleeping through the whole night with over 50% of my sleep categorised as “deep”. The developments in the area of health and environmental sensors I can see mas truly transforming society, most importantly in not only giving citizens more control over their health but, with appropriate public health and environmental policies, more responsibility for looking after their health and local environment. Call for Papers First International Symposium on Simulation and Serious Games The International Symposium on Simulation & Serious Games 2014 will take place from 23 – 24 May 2014 at the Kintex Convention Centre in South Korea. Organised by the Korea Games Society (KGS), The International Symposium on Simulation and Serious Games is a platform to gather researchers and academics working with simulation and games technology. Our mission is to foster engagement of communities so as to be able to make a positive impact that would enrich the lives of communities within the international education and healthcare landscape. Our theme for the conference is: "Bridging Communities, Harnessing Technologies and Enriching Lives." All accepted papers published in the proceedings will be indexed at CrossRef* with DOI. Accepted papers will also be indexed in ISI Thomson (Web of Science). *CrossRef is an independent membership association, founded and directed by publishers. CrossRef’s mandate is to connect users to primary research content, by enabling publishers to work collectively. CrossRef is also the official DOI® link registration agency for scholarly and professional publications. Our citation-linking network today covers tens of millions of articles and other content items from thousands of scholarly and professional publishers. The conference website is at: The conference welcomes submissions in the following topics, but are not limited to: A. Learning Pedagogy, Methodologies and Assessment D. Computer Games, Multimedia     Relearning via games Learning analytics Evaluation of game-based learning B. Serious Games Applications         Banking and finance Community engagement Education curriculum design and development Government agencies Healthcare and wellness Human resource training and development Patient rehabilitation and physiotherapy Senior citizens C. Game Designs, Studies and Theories        Game and gamer psychology Game storyboarding Game addiction and prevention methods Game gender, age and violence issues Gaming and prevention of ageing diseases Games for family bonding Social and Collaborative Games                       Games Simulations and Dynamic Models Interactive Simulations Tools and Systems for Games and Virtual Reality Intelligent Agents and Gamebots Gaming – Hardware and Accessories Graphics & Visualisation Texture and Shader Programming Stereographics in Real Time Cinematography Audio Techniques for Racing Games Interactive Dynamic Response for Games Mapping the Mental Space of Game Genres Cultural and Media Studies on Computer Games Experiential Spatiality in Games Game Development Contract Outsourcing Project Funding and Financing Social/Humanities Aspects of Games Mobile and Multiuser Games Learning to Play or Learning through Play Game Security Games and Intellectual Property Rights Laws, Regulations, Certifications and Policies for Gaming Censorship of Video Games Content
  4. 4.      Artificial Intelligence in the Context of Gaming Art, Design and New Media Education, Training, and Edutainment Technologies Human Factors of Games 3D Geometric models KINTEX is located next to Ilsan, a newly developed township within Goyang City, Gyeonggi Province. There are many things to do in Goyang City. Deogi-dong Fashion Town located at Deoki-dong, Ilsan Seo-gu. About 230 famous brand shops of the outlet sell various cloths at prices discounted by 30-70% around the year. Also atHwajeong Rodeo Street, there are lots of famous brands selling at prices with discounts from 30-70%. People come here for shopping not only from Ilsan but also from Seoul. Take this opportunity to visit Korea! Upcoming Conferences Below is a list of forthcoming conferences – also accessible at Date Event Name / Description Location Web URL Feb 3-5 2014 MESM 2014 - Middle Eastern Simulation and Modelling Conference Muscat, Oman ?q=node/2713 Feb 6-7 2014 2014 Technology, Knowledge and Society Conference Madrid, Spain Mar 10- ASTEC 2014 - GAME ON’ ASIA - 5th 12 2014 Asian GAME On Conference Singapore ?q=node/2632 Mar 17- SCWS2014 - Science Centre World 19 2014 Summit - Public Engagement for a Better World Mechelen, Brussels, Belgium Mar 19- ABSEL 2014 - Association for Orlando, Florida, USA 2014 Business Simulation and Experiential 40th-annual-meeting-march-6-8-2013/ Learning Mar 23- EKnow 2014 - Sixth International 27 2014 Conference on Information, Process and Knowledge Management Barcelona, Spain nces2014/eknow2014.html Mar 24- CGAT 2014 - Computer Games and 25 2014 Allied Technologies Singapore #sthash.gcLLW3fc.dpbs Mar 30 - Thaisim 2014 - 6th International Apr 1 Thaisim Conference - Learning with 2014 Simulations and Games Bangkok, Thailand May 23- 1st International Symposium on 24 2014 Simulation and Serious Games Goyang City, South Korea Jul 5 – Oregon Youth Jamboree 21 2014 Oregon, USA Archived Presentations, Images and Videos I am archiving as many of my previous presentation, videos and event images as possible. You can access these from my web site at :- or visit my Slideshare page at :- If you would like any presentations, videos or documents circulated to my network, I am happy to provide this service free of charge for any material relevant to readers of this newsletter. If you are interested, contact me at Best Regards David Wortley FRSA Founder of Immersive Technology Strategies Email : Enquiry Skype: davidwortley Second Life : Hobson Hoggard Web: New Book: If you no longer wish to receive these newsletters, simply reply with the word UNSUBSCRIBE and I will remove you from the mailing list.