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Serious Games For Oil Exploration Hands-On Experience ...

Serious Games For Oil Exploration Hands-On Experience ... | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Maersk is a global conglomerate with a variety of sectors within the transportation and energy industries. The Quest for Oil Serious Game is based on the Maersk Drilling and Maersk Oil units ...
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I'd greatly prefer to see serious games about free energy devices!

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Pixel Anarchy Riot simulator lets players choose sides in global uprising #seriousgames

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVi_ed_ggc8 "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes s...
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not sure what to think about this but it seems a logical step in cloud activism.

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Serious Games For Starting Your Own Video Game Dev Company #seriousgames

Serious Games For Starting Your Own Video Game Dev Company #seriousgames | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
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Game Dev Tycoon™ is a business simulation game available for Windows, Mac and Linux as well as on the Windows 8 Store. In Game Dev Tycoon you replay the history of the gaming industry by starting your own video game development company in the 80s.

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Serious Games Powered By Next Generation Of Wearable Computing #seriousgame

Serious Games Powered By Next Generation Of Wearable Computing  #seriousgame | World Changing Games | Scoop.it

A start-up has developed the technology to power the next generation of wearable computing: Dekko has been developing a real-world operating system for 2 years that will function as the visual layer for wearable computing devices. The technology uses real-time 3D reconstruction, letting mobile devices interpret physical objects and build digital layers on top of them. This has significant implications for what is possible with mobile gaming.

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Quandary - How Will You Decide? #seriousgame

Planet Braxos needs your help! When the human colonists can't resolve their dilemmas, they turn to you, their Captain. Play Quandary now and shape the future...
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Players shape the future of a new society while learning how to recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives. It is the latest game from the Learning Games Network, a spin-off of The Education Arcade at MIT and the Games+Learning+Society Center at the University of Wisconsin. For kids 7 years old on up.

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Data Dealer: Privacy? Screw that. Turn the tables! #seriousgame

AWESOME TRAILER! Data Dealer is a Facebook game about collecting and selling personal data. Check it out: http://facebook.com/datadealer | http://datadealer....
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A nominee for the 2013 Games for Change awards.

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BlindSide - Audio Adventure Game

http://www.blindsidegame.com BlindSide takes the video out of video games, and tosses players into a fully rendered 3D world that they'll never see. Players ...
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This game is up for the 2013 Games for Change award.

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Does play have to be the opposite of work?

Does play have to be the opposite of work? | World Changing Games | Scoop.it

Playing a game is akin to "a voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles" says Bernard Suits in his 1978 book The Grasshopper: Games, Life and Utopia. We often struggle to motivate our employees to overcome necessary obstacles, so putting more roadblocks in the way may seem like madness. But games play on our need for mastery, our desire to do well and our drive to "beat the game".

 

Elle D'Coda's insight:

A well-known Human Resources publication makes the case that games belong in a productive office setting.

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Serious Games Boost Civic Education In The Classroom

Serious Games Boost Civic Education In The Classroom | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
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iCivics is an online learning platform devoted to the topic. Grounded in Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day  O’Connor’s campaign to reverse the declining civic knowledge of Americans, the iCivics website provides 17 educational Serious Games and free civics resources for teachers. It has received 1.6 million visitors since it was created in 2009, shortly after she retired from the Supreme Court.

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Re-Mission 2: Fight cancer and WIN! Games for cancer support based on scientific research #cancer

Re-Mission 2: Fight cancer and WIN! Games for cancer support based on scientific research #cancer | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Six games, countless ways to fight cancer! Play online now for free. Based on scientific research, Re-Mission 2 games provide cancer support for kids and young adults facing the fight of their lives. Play, fight, WIN!
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A collection of free online games harnesses the power and appeal of casual games to help young people with cancer fight their disease. Combining research on the neuroscience of interactive video game play with the fun and accessibility of casual games, Re-Mission 2 is the follow-up to HopeLab’s breakthrough Re-Mission video game, released in 2006



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Serious Games Immersing Students In Core Economic Concepts

Serious Games Immersing Students In Core Economic Concepts | World Changing Games | Scoop.it

EconU is a web based strategy game where players take on the role of a fictional University administrator who must build, guide and sustain a fictional University to economic sustainability.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 30, 2013 4:29 AM

Looks like an interesting project. Would be good to explore the language interaction potential of something like this. Could be done almost as easily with SimsCity etc.

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There is No Escape: Designing Videogames for Maximum Real-Life Impact

There is No Escape: Designing Videogames for Maximum Real-Life Impact | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
If you caught my talk "There Is No Escape" at the 2013 Game Developers Conference (or watched the commentary on Twitter!), you know that I'm passionate about understanding the real-life impact that...
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Mcgonigal provides a lot of resources in this article, including scientific studies on why games can be beneficial.

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How Video Games Are Infiltrating--and Improving--Every Part of Our Lives

How Video Games Are Infiltrating--and Improving--Every Part of Our Lives | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Jesse Schell peered out at the 400 or so attendees of last February's DICE (design, innovate, communicate, entertain) Summit, the video-game industry's answer to TED.
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The premise - that a real-life game could be stacked on top of reality. You'd get points for, well, just about everything you normally do in the course of 24 hours...Schell believes that embedding games in our lives has the potential to make us better people.

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Innovation Expert John Seely Brown on New Ways of Learning in a Rapidly-Changing World

John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California and the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. He has w...
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A very serious game that can cure the orphan diseases #seriousgames

A very serious game that can cure the orphan diseases  #seriousgames | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
In the inspiring tradition of Foldit, the game for determining protein shapes, Fit2Cure crowdsources the problem of finding drugs that can cure the many under-researched diseases of developing countries....
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The article points out - "There about 7,000 rare diseases, fewer than 5% of which have cures. The number of people currently engaged in making drug discoveries is by no means adequate to study all these diseases. A recent gift to Harvard shows the importance that medical researchers attach to filling the gap. As an alternative approach, abstracting the drug discovery process into a game could empower thousands, if not millions, of people to contribute to this process and make discoveries in diseases that get little attention to scientists or pharmaceutical companies" Now then, how to put clinical testing in the hands of the people?

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Study shows that Lumosity brain games can rehab chemo-brain #seriousgames

Study shows that Lumosity brain games can rehab chemo-brain #seriousgames | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Did you know that playing video games is not only good for you, but that they can make you a better person? No, this is not a plug for Steven Johnson’s 2005 book "Everything Bad is Good For You," a...
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Java Pioneer Chris Melissinos on How Video Games Are Changing The Future Of Our World

Java Pioneer Chris Melissinos on How Video Games Are Changing The Future Of Our World | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
The Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum in Seattle has been hosting The Art of Video Games Smithsonian exhibit since February 16.
Elle D'Coda's insight:

Great article. Melissinos says, "I believe that we’re going to see a progression of games in education move at a faster rate in the next five years than we have in the last twenty [years]. It’s about leveraging the platforms that people are already using. Show me the kid in a first-world country within that space that doesn’t have access to a compute platform within their own personal lives. As the price point comes down and the democratization of the technology moves up its all becoming faster, cheaper and more accessible. Now we can have this wonderful platform to engage our students and create new experiences that teach them faster, better and more broadly than ever before. I think the education system needs to catch up with that. It’s like a train without brakes — it’s coming. You’re not going to stop the onslaught and the technology. So we need to understand how to deal with it, how can we use it to our best advantage to teach. But not just teach, to educate our children in society."

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Eskom Energy Planner Game #seriousgame

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The Energy Planner Game is designed to educate people on different power generation technologies in an entertaining way. The aim of the game is to have a good balance between different energy creation technologies, their environmental impacts and the costs to produce the energy.

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Nevermind -A biofeedback-enhanced psychological horror video game #seriousgames

www.nevermindgame.com  "Nevermind" is a first person horror puzzle/exploration game that leverages biofeedback technology to detect fear in the player. Taking place within the dark and twisted landscape of a trauma victim's mind, players will have to force themselves to face horrific scenarios and brave the menacing unknown. While plumbing the depths of the patient’s memories, the player must be brave enough to face whatever horrors exist around every corner, while controlling his fearful or anxious reactions to whatever he may find. Should the player lose control of his stress level, the patient’s mind will react and impede his ability to progress until he restores his sense of calm and control.

Elle D'Coda's insight:

Another nominee for this year's Games for Change award.

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A endlessly organic, evolving game you co-create TUG #seriousgame

TUG is a multiplayer open-world sandbox-RPG using new technology and social sciences to directly involve players in the game’s design.
Elle D'Coda's insight:

This worth investing in, their kickstarter campaign ends May 30, its a real advancement in serious gaming. Research is really a participatory activity where players ask the questions meaningful to them.

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Game Projects Sweep Department of Education Grants Competition | Institute of Play

Game Projects Sweep Department of Education Grants Competition | Institute of Play | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Education announced the winners of this year's Small Business Innovation Research awards, and twelve of the twenty winning contracts went to companies building learning games.
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The success of game-related proposals is indicative of a growing base of evidence that games and game-like experiences can be an effective way to empower 21st century students, teachers and learners.

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DragonBox 12+: Algebra Serious Games Optimized For 12+ Year Olds

DragonBox 12+: Algebra Serious Games Optimized For 12+ Year Olds | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
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If you want to secretly teach algebra to kids 12+ years old, check this out.

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Auti-Sim: A Short, Overwhelming Look into Autism and Sensory Overload | #autism #seriousgame

Auti-Sim: A Short, Overwhelming Look into Autism and Sensory Overload | #autism #seriousgame | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
An interview with developer Taylan Kadayifcioglu on Auti-Sim, a game that puts players in the shoes of a child with autism at a playground.
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Rise of the Cyberhero League

Rise of the Cyberhero League | World Changing Games | Scoop.it
Cyberhero League is an interactive gaming adventure where you don a digital cape, build a hideout, compete apprenticeships and become a real world hero!
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Just getting the word out about a project that we ought to support on Indiegogo.

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Online Environmental Management Game

Online Environmental Management Game | World Changing Games | Scoop.it

Play Catchment Detox to see if you successfully manage a river catchment and create a sustainable and thriving economy. It's an online game where you're in charge of the whole catchment. You get to decide what activities you undertake - whether to plant crops, log forests, build factories or set up national parks. The aim is to avoid environmental problems and provide food and wealth for the population.


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