For the purposes of this write up, I want to focus on Serious Games as electronic software as opposed to table top or board games such as Monopoly (or Dungeons and Dragons for the geeks out there!).
What are Serious Games?
It’s been featured ominously in the sci fi book . But there is a good side to serious gaming! Many industries embrace it such as the military, healthcare simulation, and business demonstrated by The Serious Games Initiative . There is even a Serious Games Institute in the UK offering degrees in Serious Games. Conferences occur with regularity such as the upcoming Games Developers Conference in San Francisco March 25-29.
According to Wikipedia , Serious Gaming is known as a game designed for a primary purpose other than pure entertainment.
Purposes of serious games include:
- Team Building
- Social Networking
Technology is only making it easier to provide access to serious games as people are literally becoming augmented with computers through the advancements in smart phones and tablets. Since we are all carrying around smartphones, we could all be learning anything, anytime, anyplace, at our own schedule - this is the embodiment of asynchronous learning!