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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
GameSetWatch - Interview: Maxis' Bradshaw On Freedom In Games, Failure As A Positive
"There've been studies on how gamers actually become better business leaders," she says. "They're very familiar with that creative, collaborative team space that's so much a [part of] our businesses." And creative, unstructured play means letting players fail, she asserts.

Giving players the opportunity to have failure states -- not just a "strict message that's being delivered" -- is the right way to encourage players to learn and explore. She noted educational game Electrocity, a SimCity inspired resource-management game, that allows for mistakes and consequences. "Sometimes in those moments is when people 'get it' strongly," says Bradshaw.
wgrtw  failure  games  learning  play  business  collaboration  leadership 
june 2009 by infovore
Gamasutra - News - G4C: Gee, Jenkins Talk Game Communities For Change
"Gee says he's been struck by the lack of age grading in successful communities -- people of all ages are participating. Another feature is the lack of distinction between the "mentor" and the "mentors," within the community. "On one day you'll teach and another day you might learn... everybody is in one role or the other all the time and there are no fixed statuses in that regard."" James Gee in conversation with Henry Jenkins.
jamesgee  education  games  gamesforchange  culture  learning  wgrtw 
june 2009 by infovore
The Brainy Gamer: Gee whiz
"Games don't separate learning from assessment. They don't say "Learn some stuff, and then later we'll take a test." They're giving you feedback all the time about the learning curve that you're on. So, they're not the only solution to this problem by any means, but they're a part of the solution of getting kids in school to learn not just knowledge as facts, but knowledge as something you produce; and in the modern world you produce it collaboratively." Jim Gee is a smart guy. I need to read more on him.
wgrtw  learning  education  jamesgee  games  play  teaching  assessment 
june 2009 by infovore
Military: Royal Air Force Prefers Gamers To Pilots
"See, the RAF reckons research has shown them that the best drone pilot candidates are those who are experienced video game players, rather than experienced pilots. Sounds crazy at first, but when you think about it, pilots are experienced at actually flying. But flying something remotely via a 2D monitor? That's a gamer's area of expertise."
games  skills  military  training  wgrtw  remotecontrol  expertise  raf 
march 2009 by infovore

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