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GameSetWatch - Postmortem: Getting Serious With Budget Hero
"Finally, if one can wrap a game around a complex issue like the national budget and engage that many young people, we should be able to do the same with other important policy issues, from climate change to health care. The budget was about the most boring issue one could take on compared to Lost, Heroes, World of Warcraft, or playing Moto Racer on the iPhone." Really interesting set of conclusions from a large-scale serious game.
seriousgames  budget  budgethero  games  play  policy  government  wgrtw 
june 2009 by infovore
BBC NEWS | Technology | Video game helps with fire drill
"Durham University's Dr Shamus Smith, who helped spearhead the project, told BBC News that that while bespoke 3D modelling software was available, modifying a video game was faster, more cost effective, and had better special effects." Quite true. Although: "gamers" tend to treat it as a game, wheras "non-gamers" treat it as a training exercise, and behave accordingly.
games  technology  simulation  training  fire  safety  source  seriousgames 
february 2009 by infovore

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