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A List of Some of the Tools Available to Create Digital Learning Games

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Here is a list of some tools that can be used to create digital learning games.

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A List of Some of the Tools Available to Create Digital Learning Games

  1. 1. Learning Games and Gamification Design Essentials
  2. 2. Topics • Trade-offs between software flexibility and easy-of-use with game development tools. • Resources to leverage authoring tools to create learning games. • Example of Some Game development tools: – to make simple digital games. – to create non-digital games. • Where do I find images and assets for game development.
  3. 3. Review: Things to evaluate 4 Game component Things to evaluate Game Goal Is it challenging? Do you like it? Core dynamic(s) How do you achieve the goal…collecting things, exploration, racing to the finish, territory acquisition? Is THAT fun? Game mechanics Do the rules contribute to your enjoyment? Are they too complex? Too easy? Game elements What game elements are part of this game and how do they enhance it? Feedback How do I know how I am doing? Is it effective?
  4. 4. What types of Games You are Going to Create? • 2D Simpler Online Learning Games: Asynchronous (self-paced) games where learners play online against themselves or computer with 2D motivation and graphics. • 3D Online Learning Games: Characters are 3D and interact with a 3D environment. • Live Audience Response Games: Creating games for use with live audience in classroom or large group setting. • Live Audience Playing a Board or Card Game: Learners playing live with other learners.
  5. 5. Build vs. BuyCustomization Ease of Use • Authoring Tools • 2D Game Engines • Programming Languages • Game Templates • 3D Game Engines • DIY • Branching Story Tools
  6. 6. Game Templates
  7. 7. Raptivity Link: http://www.raptivity.com/
  8. 8. Raptivity http://www.raptivity.com/index.html
  9. 9. Raptivity
  10. 10. eLearning Brothers http://elearningbrothers.com/
  11. 11. eLearning Brothers Link:http://elearningbrothers.com/
  12. 12. 2,999 per five games
  13. 13. Used it to create learning games. Designed specifically FOR eLearning. http://www.growthengineering .co.uk/genie-content- authoring-tool/ Genie Game-Based Authoring Tool
  14. 14. Service plus software, includes content development support– pricing starts at $9,999 for one-year subscription. Authors can export SCORM packages for upload onto LMS or run on web. Designed for corporate learning audiences. http://www.theknowledgeguru.com Knowledge Guru: Quest, Drive and Legend
  15. 15. mLevel-Includes templates for creating games. 30 Day free trial, lots of different game types and activities. Designed for corporate and education learning audiences used by Pearson. www.mlevel.com
  16. 16. Various game templates for playing interactive games with an audience. Mobile option available. www.c3softworks.com C3 Softworks
  17. 17. Games with Authoring Tools
  18. 18. Articulate Storyline https://community.articulate.com/articles/how-to-build-an-elearning-game Captivate https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2364288
  19. 19. 2D Game Engines
  20. 20. Phazer https://phaser.io/
  21. 21. Game Salad
  22. 22. Game Salad • Multi-Platform publishing - One web-based interface for publishing to multiple platforms such as the iPhone or Mac. GameSalad can also publish to Android-based devices such as the Nook, and to HTML5 • Tables/arrays - Users can use tables to access mass amounts data efficiently. These tables are readable and writable. • Game preview - GameSalad has a specific preview mode for debugging and testing the performance and functionality of games. There's a GameSalad Viewer application that can be installed separately onto a users mobile device so that they can click atoolbar button inside GameSalad to preview a project directly on their device through a wireless network. • Scene editor - Users can place and manipulate actors in a scene. Actors are added to the scene by dragging and dropping. • Integrated physics - Uses physics simulator for handling realistic motion and collision. Users can manage and optimize how objects collide by organizing actors with tags. • Expressions - GameSalad has an expression editor to define complex behavior. Sources: Game Salad Website/Wikipedia www.gamesalad.com
  23. 23. Learning Game Salad http://learn.gamesalad.com/all-courses/
  24. 24. Learning Game Salad
  25. 25. GameMaker Studio 2 Programming background NOT required, though extremely helpful. Medium complexity to use; lots of support available. No 3D. Rapidly growing in usage; strong user community built-in tutorials. GameMaker allows you to structure your game to work with a client/server model, dealing with all of the network management behind the scenes, while allowing you to focus on the game itself. https://www.yoyogames.com/
  26. 26. GameMaker Studio 2
  27. 27. GameMaker Studio 2 https://gamedevelopment.tutsplus.com/articles/how-to-learn-gamemaker-studio--gamedev-10911
  28. 28. Programming background NOT required, though really, really helpful. Medium complexity to use; lots of support available. Amazing quality; no 3D, though. Rapidly growing in usage; strong user community. Construct games CAN be imported into authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Captivate, or Lectora. https://www.construct.net/ Construct 3 game creator by Scirra
  29. 29. Construct 3 Pricing 1 Filament Walk, London, SW18 4GQ• • London-based: 1 Filament Walk SW18 4GQ Scirra Ltd, Studio 117, The Lightbulb 1 Filament Walk, London, SW18 4GQ• •
  30. 30. Construct 3 Tutorials https://www.construct.net/tutorials/beginners-guide-to-construct-3-1
  31. 31. Browser based but Construct 3 will work offline.
  32. 32. Branching Story Tools
  33. 33. BranchTrack
  34. 34. Chat Mapper Tool for writing and testing nonlinear dialogue and events.
  35. 35. Chat Mapper dialogue tree.
  36. 36. Board and Card Game Resources
  37. 37. The Gamecrafter https://www.thegamecrafter.com/
  38. 38. The Gamecrafter
  39. 39. The Gamecrafter
  40. 40. Gamecrafter: Zombie Sales Apocolapyse The Card Game
  41. 41. Make Playing Cards http://www.makeplayingcards.com/
  42. 42. Make Playing Cards
  43. 43. 3D Game Engines
  44. 44. Unity https://unity3d.com/unity Complex to use Typically used for highly immersive experiences, simulations. Very, very powerful in terms of what it can do. Can be 2D or 3D Users tend to have programming background or expertise https://unity3d.com/unit y Unity
  45. 45. Lumberyard Amazon tool, available for free. 3D Games. Understanding of programming required.
  46. 46. Blender The Blender Game Engine is a component of Blender, a free and open-source comprehensive 3D production suite, used for making real-time interactive content. The game engine was written from scratch in C++ as a mostly independent component, and includes support for features such as Python scripting and OpenAL 3D sound.
  47. 47. Turbosquid, 3D Assets https://www.turbosquid.com/
  48. 48. Creating Game Assets
  49. 49. Gameboard Backgrounds Shutterstock https://tinyurl.com/Shutterstockgames
  50. 50. Adobe Stock https://tinyurl.com/Adobegameboards
  51. 51. iStock Photos https://tinyurl.com/iStockGameVector
  52. 52. Game Development Market Game art: https://www.gamedevmarket.net/
  53. 53. Game Art Partners https://gameartpartners.com/
  54. 54. Live Digital Games
  55. 55. Gamifies learning; intended for virtual ILT as well as face-to-face ILT. Not for asynchronous elearning. Instructor displays questions or polls. Learners respond via mobile device. FREE!!!!! https://getkahoot.com/ Kahoot!
  56. 56. Poll Everywhere Gamifies learning; intended for virtual ILT as well as face-to-face ILT. Not for asynchronous elearning. Instructor displays questions or polls. Learners respond via mobile device or web browser. Segment Questions by first question “What Team?” www.polleverwhere.com
  57. 57. 90 Days of Premium: Free 1. Create a free account (https://www.polleverywhere.com/signup?ref=k_kapp) 2. Email code: K_Kapp to support@polleverywhere.com Automatically downgrades to the standard free plan after 90 days
  58. 58. Summary • Trade-offs between software flexibility and easy-of-use with game development tools. • Resources to leverage authoring tools to create learning games. • Inexpensive or free game development tools: – to make simple digital games. – to create non-digital games. • Where do I find inexpensive or free 3D developments software and assets.

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