Friday, November 30, 2007

Serious Games Ning Portal



Ning.com offers a kind of social-network-in-a-box product. I'm sure the last thing you're looking for is yet another social network, but with that said, ning sites do have basically full read-only functionality, even if you don't want to sign-up.

Related to serious games, there's now seriousgames.ning.com, which looks like a pretty solid source for serious games news and community interaction. There's the obligatory list of links to resources, live chat, a forum, an rss feed, audio clips, members list and profiles, book recommendations, and relevant podcasts.

Check it out at: seriousgames.ning.com

Learning by Doing



If you haven't checked it out yet, Clark Aldrich's book "Learning by Doing" is considered a seminal work in the area of serious games and e-learning.

Get it at Amazon: www.amazon.com/learning-by-doing/

Serious Games Summit, Feb 18-19, San Francisco



The ForgeFX crew will be at the Serious Games Summit in San Francisco on February 18th & 19th. Contact gmeyers@forgefx.com if you're also attending and would like to setup an appointment to meet.

About the Serious Games Summit
The Serious Games Summit GDC spotlights the rapidly growing serious games industry that features the use of interactive games technology within non-entertainment sectors. The summit provides a forum for game developers and industry professionals to examine the future course of serious games development in areas such as education, government, health, military, science, corporate training, first responders, and social change.

Read more at: www.gdconf.com/conference/sgs.htm

Friday, November 09, 2007

MTV's Darfur Is Dying Expands With New Localizations

MTV's college network mtvU has announced that it will be expanding its USC developed serious/political awareness game Darfur Is Dying with new translations into Chinese, Arabic and Spanish. MTV says that the game, playable via its official website has been played 2.5 million times by more than 1.2 million people.

Read more at: http://www.darfurisdying.com/

Point-Of-Response Simulator Serves Emergency Response Teams

The University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, CADE and the Chicago Department of Public Health have developed a free game designed to educate organizations in a simulation of emergency point-of-dispensing (POD).

Read more at: http://www.thepodgame.com/

Advanced Learning Technologies Summit

The first annual Advanced Learning Technologies Summit (ALT Summit) aims to explore how serious games, virtual worlds, social networks and technologies such as robotics and haptics can be leveraged to inspire, educate and train the “next-gen” workforce. It has announced its featured speakers for the inaugural conference.

Read more at: http://altsummit.com/c/portal/layout?p_l_id=PUB.1.97