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Global Conflicts: Palestine – New study

At the brink of the 10th year anniversary of our first game Global Conflicts: Palestine it is nice to see that it still attracts interest in the form of an recent research study by Ronit Kampf. You can find it in UNESCO Yearbook (page 129). The study is interesting because it finds a positive effect on attitudes that is maintained even 1 year after the study.

“This article presents an experimental study examining the short-term and long-term effects of Global Conflicts on attitude change towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Global Conflicts is a role-playing computer game simulating this conflcits. 180 undergraduate students from Israel and Palestine participating in the study were divided into game intervention and no-game controls. The participants were required to fill in questionnaires measuring attitudes regarding the conflict immediately before and after the game intervention and 12 months following this intervention. 546575677467686

Results suggested that participants who played the game, unlike those who did not play it, shifted towards a more impartial perspective, being able to look at the conflict from both Israeli and Palestinian points of view immediately after the game intervention, and retained this perspective even one year after participation in this intervention, despite the serious clashes between Israel and the Palestinians that occurred during this time.”

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DR – learning games events (Danish)


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Conference/Talk: Games for marketing & influencing attitudes

I will be speaking at this interesting conference in early March – if you are in Stockholm area check it out.

Data- och mobilspel är mycket kraftfulla verktyg för marknadsföring, information och attitydpåverkan. Allt fler företag, organisationer och enheter i den offentliga sektorn satsar med stor framgång på spel för att nå ut med sina budskap. Vi organiserar nu Sveriges första konferens om ”advergames” och ”serious games” – en heldag med massor av inspiration och kunskap!”

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Poverty game – not working

Interesting article on why it is not so simple to make serious games, and that underlines the importance of thinking hard about what message your game mechanics delivers.. remember games are about verbs not nouns. Played the game and I would like to dig a bit further into why it didn’t work. It did seem to have some of right ideas.

The article:

The game

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New Book: Games-To-Teach or Games-To-Learn

New book out

“The book presents a critical evaluation of current approaches related to the use of digital games in education. The author identifies two competing paradigms: that of games-to-teach and games-to-learn. Arguing in favor of the latter, the author advances the case for approaching game-based learning through the theoretical lens of performance, rooted in play and dialog, to unlock the power of digital games for 21st century learning. Drawing upon the author’s research, three concrete exemplars of game-based learning curricula are described and discussed. The challenge of advancing game-based learning in education is addressed in the context of school reform. Finally, future prospects of and educational opportunities for game-based learning are articulated.

Readers of the book will find the explication of performance theory applied to game-based learning especially interesting. This work constitutes the author’s original theorization. Readers will derive four main benefits: (1) an explication of the difference between game-based-teaching and game-based learning, and why this difference is of critical importance, (2) an exposition of the theory of game-based learning as performance, (3) concrete exemplars and research outcomes relating to three game-based learning curricula that have been empirically evaluated in schools, and (4) an understanding of complex issues related to the human side of school change that must be effectively addressed to achieve take-up of game-based learning in schools.”

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Game Impact Reports

Just go to show how busy one can be – interesting report on the Games-for-Change space

“For this project, we ambitiously seek to get at the “big picture” for social impact games. Our deep goal is to improve the coherence and collaboration in how stakeholders work together, aligning creative design with evidence and research across disciplines.”

Read more here:


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President for a day: Corruption live on Steam

Another Serious Games to conquer Steam – President for a day: Corruption is now live with a 15% launch discount:

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Playing History: Vikings now available on Steam

We just launched our first game on Steam: Playing History: Vikings. The game has a 20% discount for launch – so hurry :-)

Will be interesting to see what the channel can do for this different type of game experience. They say an average game sells 32.000 copies on Steam.. I think that is an optimistic number but I hope you and everyone else will prove me wrong..



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Call for paper

In this issue of eLearningPapers we want to explore different approaches and models that spark creative potential of people and bring together interdisciplinary teams to collaborate and produce applied games and gamified apps. In collaboration with the European Conference on Games-Based Learning (ECGBL), this issue will include the best papers from the mini track.

Read more.

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Shallow and deep gamification

If you haven’t already had the pleasure of reading Andreas Lieberoth’s paper on gamification (who he recently defended as part of his PhD – congrats!)… Be sure to give it a look. It provides a nice piece towards the sorely missing research on gamification. In short the study demonstrates quite convincingly that shallow gamification (no game mechanics) provides (at least short-term) almost the same engagement as deep gamification (game mechanics).

Slightly depressing – on the other hand we can hope that studies will show that in the longer run people will get a bit immune to just dressing things up with game-like artefacts… or maybe we shouldn’t be depressed.. just dressing it up from a game developer perspective is a lot easier than integrating real game mechanics :-)

“This article experimentally dissociates the psychological impact of framing versus game mechanics, when presenting a serious activity as a game. Studies of game elements in nongame contexts tend to describe full packages, with no way of assessing their individual psychological and functional impact. To isolate the effects of framing, students (N = 90) were assigned to either discuss study environment issues through a list of questions, via a competitive discussion board game, or though the same game artifacts but with no game mechanics. Task engagement and self-reported intrinsic motivation were compared between groups. Results demonstrate that the effects of simply framing the activity as a game though vernacular and artifacts holds almost as much psychological power as the full game mechanics. In both game conditions, interest and enjoyment were significantly superior to controls, but other intrinsic motivation variables remained unchanged. Implications for game design in nongame contexts are discussed, and a framework for differentiating “deep and shallow gamification” in terms of mechanics and framing is developed.”

See the study here:

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