China On-Track As The Leading Country In VR Classrooms

According to Digi-Capital’s Augmented/Virtual Reality Report, the VR and AR industries are forecasted to be worth USD $115 billion by 2022, as almost all industries will incorporate virtual and augmented reality into training programs, products or services.

This kind of projection has not escaped the eyes of governments from several countries taking note and planning for the infiltration of VR and AR across the education sector.

In the article Why Are Governments All Over The World Investing In VR And AR For Education?, Totem Learning Blog brings to our attention that China, through municipal and national governments, has Read the rest

Gamification Advice: Points

Generally speaking, in gamification, a reliance on nothing but the unholy trinity (Points, Badges and Leaderboards) is a guaranteed recipe for eventual failure.

However, that does not mean they should be ignored – especially not points!

Points are how a system records activity, tracks progress, understands achievements – they are the currency of gamification. That said, they don’t need to be the central focus of the user experience in a gamified solution. In fact, they can be totally hidden from view at all times, just ticking away in the background making other more interesting things happen for the … Read the rest

How playful design is transforming university education

Video games have inspired a revolution in university teaching. Pictured here is a scene from the popular game Fortnite Battle Royale. (Sergey Galyonkin, Epic Games Berlin via Wikimedia Commons), CC BY-SA

A group of 25 interns sit at Baycrest Health Sciences, a research centre for aging in Canada, their eyes glued to their smart phones. They are playing SOSan award-winning game that simulates real-world gerontology practice — where they compete with other students to earn virtual currency.

Across town, a group of professors sit around a table at George Brown College, designing a role-playing game … Read the rest

We’re hiring: Operations Intern at Games for Change

About this Job
Games for Change is looking for an operations intern to support a range of projects
promoting games for social impact this Fall. Candidates for this unpaid internship should
meet the below qualifications and requirements.
Position Details:
Support G4C staff in daily activities and collaborate on special projects, as assigned
Conduct research on games, game-related programs, tech opportunities and
interventions, and game developers
Help us keep our office organized, and file and scan documents
Assist with billing and bookkeeping
Assist with In Kind donation outreach and organization for the National Student
Challenge, Games for Change Festival and other … Read the rest

Serious Games For Biological Prototyping Prior To Real World Experiments

Cell Studio is a platform for real-time simulation and visualization of biological environments, aimed at biologists, biophysicists and researchers in computational biology and systems biology.

The platform leverages on three value propositions:

Biological Prototyping Aid researchers in modelling and simulating biological scenarios in silico, in order to better understand the modelled system, and test a biological hypotheses prior to conducting a real biological experiment;

Ease of Use – Designed to be intuitive and approachable. Preparing an experiment is done using a graphical user interface, while navigating it dynamically in 3D encourages intuition about processes that are otherwise hard to Read the rest

Am I Evil? Gamification Brought Into Perspective By My 11 Year Old!

I had an interesting chat with my eldest daughter recently. As with many chats with her, I was left thinking about the choices in my life… yeah, she’s reached that age!

  • O: I really want this shark in my game. It is only 500 crystals!!
  • Me: And how much do 500 crystals cost?
  • O: Well, I’ve got £10 in my purse and I would pay you back as soon as I can?
  • Me: So it’s more than £10?
  • O: It’s £20, but…
  • Me: £20!?!??! Of real actual money for a f@#king shark graphic in an iPhone game!??!?!?!??!
  • O:
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Adventure Serious Game Helps Recruiters Assess Candidates’ Soft Skills

Image credit: Owiwi

Among 10 amazing start-ups from Athens to watch is Owiwi, founded in 2014 by Athina Polina Dova, Christoforos Loutzakis and Ilias Vartholomaios. 

The Owiwiplatform is in fact a recruitment tool that takes the shape of an immersive, epic adventure Serious Game designed to assess candidates’ soft skills.

“Anchored on the latest research in business psychology, psychological assessment, human resources management, and bringing together psychometric testing and serious gaming in one revolutionary recruitment tool, Owiwi aims to redefine the online hiring landscape, one game at a time,” state the developers.

Potential hires are asked to walk Read the rest

Can't focus? Addicted to your online world? There's an app for that

The Pomodoro, a humble tomato-shaped kitchen timer, can improve your focus. Shutterstock

We live in a distracted world. Our ability to focus on a single task or activity is dwindling, even though many people insist they’re good multi-taskers. Neuroscientist Earl Miller says these people are “deluding themselves”. All we are really doing is dividing our brain’s processing power between tasks as we switch from one to another. We are actually increasing the cognitive load on our brain.

Despite knowing all of this, I have checked my email at least ten times while writing this article. I’ve Googled references and then … Read the rest

Serious Games Help Players Master Lifesaving CPR Skills

Image credit: AppClinic – Saving Lives!
AppClinic – Saving Lives!, a Serious Game developed by Filament Games, in collaboration with Adtalem Global Education and its Ross University School of Medicine, has won gold honors in the 2018 International Serious Play Awards competition in the Healthcare category.

Aligned to American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and resuscitation procedures, the Serious Game helps players practice basic life support skill sets by administering CPR to a patient in a simulated emergency scenario.

Aimed at EMS, medical, nursing and allied health students and professionals, the mobile game is available on the App Read the rest

Recap of G4C18 Festival and XR4C Summit


15 years celebrating the impact of games!

It’s a wrap! This year’s 15th annual Games for Change Festival was a major success! We hosted over 1000 attendees with many of them coming from countries around the world. The 3 day event kicked off with the proclamation from Mayor Bill DeBlasio that Thursday, June 28th was officially Games for Change Day. We were fortunate to have Deputy Commissioner Kai Falkenberg to give the award to founders Barry Joseph, Suzanne Seggarman, Benjamin Stokes, G4C’s chairman Asi Burak and G4C’s president Susanna Pollack. We are so proud to see G4C’s diverse community grow … Read the rest