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Abstracts - VS-Games 2014 - University of Malta

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VS-Games 2014 aims to bring together industry, academia and young people interested in the development of games for serious applications. The conference participants, this year may be in for an interesting time. We are doing our best to ensure, as much a presence of industry (including local ones) as possible, as they will be coming to showcase their serious games.

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A collection of abstracts - worth following up after presentation as there are some very interesting themes on this page.

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Eco Challenge - Water and Sustainability Game

Eco Challenge - Water and Sustainability Game | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Curtin University is proud to announce that it is the organiser for participation in the  UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge Australia.

 

Water is essential for all life as we know it. A simple fact that sometimes feels forgotten as political and commercial interests take priority.

 

UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge Australia provides an exciting and authentic learning experience for students aged 11-17 through the online strategic game "Aqua Republica". Addressing national curriculum priority dimensions of Sustainability and Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia the experience provides many learning opportunities across Social Studies, Science, Humanities, Health and Physical Education, English, Geography, and more.

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APPLIO Aspires To Change The Way Organizations Utilize Serious Games

APPLIO Aspires To Change The Way Organizations Utilize Serious Games | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Founded in 2007, Applio Limited is on a mission to change the way organizations utilize Game Based Learning and is working in a number of industries to create a library of games.

According to the company’s website, they have developed a unique platform that allows Serious Games to be built in hours rather than weeks, and be easily changed and updated.

Applio is an innovative Digital Games Based Platform expected to deliver major improvements in Employee Engagement, Learning & Development and Organizational Change.
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World to Explore - Tyto Online

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WORLD TO EXPLORE
As a citizen of Espeth, you won’t simply be learning about science. You’ll also have time to explore the city you now call home. We have features such as the Mai Art Museum, where you can explore a rich history of Earth’s art, and even purchase some reproductions for your apartment.
Also participate in time-honored Espethian traditions, such as visiting the Nandri tree. The Nandri tree is a giant tree that grows in the Student district. Over the years, Espethians have come to the Nandri tree to think about the things that they’re thankful for in life.
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How understanding the prisoner's dilemma can help bridge liberal and conservative differences

How understanding the prisoner's dilemma can help bridge liberal and conservative differences | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In my social psychology class, I pose an extra credit question where students choose between having two points or six points added onto their final term paper grade, with the stipulation that if more than 10% of the class chooses six points, no one gets any points.

This exercise is a classroom demonstration of the commons dilemma, and similar to the prisoner’s dilemma. Essentially, people are forced to choose between what would maximize their personal outcomes (more points) and what would be best for the group as a whole (fewer points).

It’s worth noting that this exercise was developed 25 years ago. I first learned it from my college psychology professor Steve Drigotas over a decade ago. I have been using it since 2008.

But recently, after a student of mine tweeted the dilemma of the extra credit question, it went viral in a way that I had never expected. So why is it only now starting to resonate with so many people worldwide? And why are people connecting this exercise to concerns about greed or selfishness?
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Video Games Help Model Brain’s Neurons

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A video game is being used to help understand the structure of neurons, which could aid in treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
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Hullabalu releases Lightwell, a platform for creating interactive storytelling apps

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Interactive storytelling startup Hullabalu has spent the last several years producing a series of apps for kids based around a group of characters it has developed. But after making multiple apps of its own, the company has decided to open up its creative tools to other interactive storytellers. With a new platform called Lightwell, 


Hullabalu has productized its app creation engine to allow other brands, media companies and creative agencies a simple way to bring their interactive stories to life. It also opens up a new potential revenue stream for the company, which had previously just made money off the sale of its own interactive kids apps.

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That Dragon, Cancer - Official Release Trailer

Official release trailer for "That Dragon, Cancer" coming January 12, 2016. Pre-order now at http://thatdragoncancer.com

An immersive adventure game that retells Joel Green’s 4­year fight against cancer through about two hours of poetic, imaginative gameplay.

Available on PC for Windows and Mac and on OUYA and Forge TV via the Cortex store.
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Official release trailer for "That Dragon, Cancer" coming January 12, 2016. Pre-order now at http://thatdragoncancer.com An immersive adventure game that retells Joel Green’s 4­year fight against cancer through about two hours of poetic, imaginative gameplay. Available on PC for Windows and Mac and on OUYA and Forge TV via the Cortex store.
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15 free games that will help you learn how to code

15 free games that will help you learn how to code | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
When I started learning to code, the options were limited—lots of books (not even e-books), some very basic online tutorials, and a whole lot of experimentation.

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games.

While a game alone probably isn’t going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really incredible way to practice the skills you’re learning. It makes practice fun. And if you’re anything like me, you might suddenly realize you’ve spent the last four hours reinforcing your coding skills without even realizing it.

I’ve tried out some of the most entertaining and useful games for learning to code. Check out my favorites below.
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"When I started learning to code, the options were limited—lots of books (not even e-books), some very basic online tutorials, and a whole lot of experimentation. 

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games. 

While a game alone probably isn’t going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really incredible way to practice the skills you’re learning. It makes practice fun. And if you’re anything like me, you might suddenly realize you’ve spent the last four hours reinforcing your coding skills without even realizing it. 

I’ve tried out some of the most entertaining and useful games for learning to code. Check out my favorites below."
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'World of Warcraft' Gamers Have This Advantage in the Workplace, Say Scientists

'World of Warcraft' Gamers Have This Advantage in the Workplace, Say Scientists | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The data revealed consistent support for a preference for teamwork and technology readiness. They also showed a link between gamer identity strength and work performance, suggesting that those who display higher passion and engagement within the game might demonstrate those qualities at work as well.

This study was inspired, in part, by Weidner’s own experiences playing World of Warcraft. While he played with professional peers, he noticed that certain player qualities emerged that aligned with the qualities it takes to work well on a team in the workplace.
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Educational games, Maths games, videos - ABC Splash

Educational games, Maths games, videos - ABC Splash | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The adventure starts here

200+ games for secondary students These school holidays tuck into some of the hundreds of games for secondary students available at Splash. All games are fun, free and curriculum-matched. Race cars, plan a fashion advertising campaign, zoom in to the molecular level, hone in on your neighbourhood to learn statistics about where you live, and much more.

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eConfidence | Confidence in behaviour changes through serious games 

eConfidence | Confidence in behaviour changes through serious games  | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This report includes a study on psychological and educational effect of videogames, in relation with bullying and safe use of the internet, and a set of guidelines for interventions and games design, which are the base for the game scenarios.
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Girls Make Games — Girls Make Games Teams Up with PlayStation for...

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Girls Make Games Teams Up with PlayStation for Game Development Summer Camp


SAN MATEO, CA, March 7, 2017 - As part of its continued effort to increase gender diversity in the gaming industry, Girls Make Games (GMG) is joining forces with PlayStation to host its next game development summer camp for girls ages 11-14.
“Numerous reports have shed light on the growing number of female gamers, but less than 15 percent of the games industry workforce is women,” notes Laila Shabir, CEO and founder of Girls Make Games.

“This is not because girls or women are not interested in making games—GMG’s growth proves otherwise. We’re thrilled about working with PlayStation to encourage and empower more young women to learn about and pursue careers in technology and game development.”
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A Beautiful Visual on The Importance of Games in Learning

A Beautiful Visual on The Importance of Games in Learning | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Fabiana Garcia Marulanda's curator insight, March 26, 10:31 PM
Games have an important role in the 21st century schools because those promote a particular and divergent environment in where the students link their habilities on the field. Although, the learners need to have the capacity to find solutions during the game because otherwise they fail.
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Designing games that change perceptions, opinions and even players' real-life actions

Designing games that change perceptions, opinions and even players' real-life actions | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In 1904, Lizzie Magie patented “The Landlord’s Game,” a board game about property ownership, with the specific goal of teaching players about how a system of land grabbing impoverishes tenants and enriches property owners. The game, which went on to become the mass-market classic “Monopoly,” was the first widely recognized example of what is today called “persuasive play.”

‘The Landlord’s Game,’ the first persuasive game. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Games offer a unique opportunity to persuade their audiences, because players are not simply listening, reading or interpreting the game’s message – they are subscribing to it. To play a game, players must accept its rules and then operate within the designed experience. As a result, games can change our perceptions, and ultimately our actions.

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This article considers games from the frame of persuasion.  In the game experiments I was undertaking during the noughties I was writing about "generative play" - a model where game play generates new insights, new behaviours and unexpected futures.  Persuasion is one step in the process.
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How Digital Games Have Changed the Shape of Learning |

How Digital Games Have Changed the Shape of Learning | | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A Seven-Part Series | Part Seven Learning is most often viewed as a linear process. First, the thinking goes, students must be convinced they can do a task. For kids [...]
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Here's how positive thinking can be bad for your health

Here's how positive thinking can be bad for your health | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it

An art piece on forced positivity by Arnika Müll entitled "Happy, happy, joy, joy."


The adaptation of positive psychology for business management and the armed forces has helped the approach spread into popular culture. But as it's grown more and more popular, positive psychology has taken on a new tone—one with a more simplistic message of “positive thinking.”
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An art piece on forced positivity by Arnika Müll entitled "Happy, happy, joy, joy."

The adaptation of positive psychology for business management and the armed forces has helped the approach spread into popular culture. But as it's grown more and more popular, positive psychology has taken on a new tone—one with a more simplistic message of “positive thinking.”
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New Era: Online Gaming and Virtual Worlds

New Era: Online Gaming and Virtual Worlds | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Our life is now full of e-systems where we need to learn on these technologies to be with the system. We have the online systems such as e-marketing, e-pass, e-banking, E-communications and even e-…

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Everybody else is doing it, why not you? 

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Video Games Are Better Without Stories

Video Games Are Better Without Stories | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Film, television, and literature all tell them better. So why are games still obsessed with narrative?
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A video game to cope with grief

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When Amy Green's young son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, she made up a bedtime story for his siblings to teach them about cancer. What resulted was a video game, "That Dragon, Cancer," which takes players on a journey they can't win. In this beautiful talk about coping with loss, Green brings joy and play to tragedy. "We made a game that's hard to play," she says, "because the hardest moments of our lives change us more than any goal we could ever accomplish."
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That Dragon, Cancer | The Game

That Dragon, Cancer | The Game | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
With the Launch of #ThatDragonCancer, the videogame honoring of our son Joel and his battle with terminal childhood cancer, we decided to have pancakes for dinner. Joel loved pancakes, and loved stuffing his mouth as full as possible. We are so amazed at the outpouring of love on Tuesday.  Over 160 families celebrated with us, you can see a Storify of the event here.
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With the Launch of #ThatDragonCancer, the videogame honoring of our son Joel and his battle with terminal childhood cancer, we decided to have pancakes for dinner. Joel loved pancakes, and loved stuffing his mouth as full as possible. We are so amazed at the outpouring of love on Tuesday. Over 160 families celebrated with us, you can see a Storify of the event here.
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Game design patterns for building friendships

Game design patterns for building friendships | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
General Model
To build friendships, your game should facilitate four key factors. When these are present, friendships tend to form.
Proximity: Put players in serendipitous situations where they regularly encounter other players. Allow them to recognize one another across multiple play sessions.
Similarity: Create shared identities, values, contexts, and goals that ease alignment and connection.
Reciprocity: Enable exchanges (not necessarily material) that are bi-directional with benefits to both parties. With repetition, this builds relationships.
Disclosure: Further grow trust in the relationship through disclosing vulnerability, testing boundaries, etc.
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Digital Game Based Learning in Higher Ed Moves Beyond the Hype (EdSurge News)

Digital Game Based Learning in Higher Ed Moves Beyond the Hype (EdSurge News) | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Students in Art Goldberg’s English composition classes at Miami-Dade College and Broward College have a different experience than their peers in most introductory college writing courses. They’re role-playing as junior staff writers in a fictional newsroom, creating content for an upcoming broadc
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When We Stop Playing, We All Lose - EdchatInteractive

When We Stop Playing, We All Lose - EdchatInteractive | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This is a new type of event from Edchat Interactive that we are coordinating with Participate and Shindig.

When We Stop Playing, We All Lose is a micro-course that will be run over two weeks teaching the FLO pedagogy to provide practical ways for educators to create fun, challenging learning in the classroom. Over the long haul, we all classes work best when we are having Fun, when the activities are targeted to Learning goals, and when we are learning with Others.
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Using Games for Serious Learning in High School

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Logistics of Game-Based Learning
Because video game licenses can be expensive, consider using learning centers. For example, 1979 Revolution could be situated in a station rotation covering political revolutions. It could be used as a text, alongside the graphic novel Persepolis, the film Argo, and BrainPOP videos about the French Revolution. You could include the other games in different units in a similar way.

How do you envision using impactful games with your high school ELA students? Please share in the comments below.
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Why the CIA uses board games to train its officers

Why the CIA uses board games to train its officers | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Dungeons and Dragons, Pokémon card games and role-playing games are more than entertainment -- they're inspiration for the CIA.
David Clopper, senior collection analyst with 16 years' experience at the CIA, also serves as a game maker for the agency. From card games to board games, Clopper creates games to train CIA staffers including intelligence officers and political analysts for real-world situations.
"Gaming is part of the human condition. Why not take advantage of that and incorporate into the way we learn?" Clopper said Sunday at a games-themed panel discussion at the South by Southwest Interactive technology festival. Clopper and other CIA officers discussed how the agency uses games to teach strategy, intelligence gathering and collaboration.
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Gamefroot | game creator social and mobile gaming

Gamefroot | game creator social and mobile gaming | Games, gaming and gamification in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Learn through making games!
There has never been an easier or more fun way to learn.
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