Train2Game news: BBC Click examines games as a learning tool at Serious Games Expo

Train2Game students will be highly aware of a variety of games from blockbusters like Call of Duty through to indie titles made just for the love of games. But there is another area of gaming out there and it’s growing.

Serious games look to aid people, be they in school or the workplace, with learning and last weekend BBC Click report from the Serious Games Expo in Lyon, France and took an interesting look at the various ways they’re implemented. Watch the piece here on the BBC Click website.

“You could say we use a lot of game technology based on video games, or based on traditional games like board games. And these can often be considered like simulators in the sense that is a tool that means if we are training someone, to put a sales person in a situation, where they are in front of a client in a selling situation.” Imaginove’s Tanguy Selo said through a translator.

“Today we’ve also seen advancement in what we call the science of integration. So when a new employee, or a group of employees arrive at a company, we can test them in their new environment to see how they react to the complexity of their new company.” he added.

The BBC Click piece then goes onto look at how video games are being used for training personnel, and how suspense and drama are being introduced into what could often be daunting or even boring training in the workplace. It also examines a game for teaching Dutch students about the European Union and Ludomedic, a game designed to help children in hospitals understand their treatment.

The serious games certainly offer a slightly different calling for game developers, and who knows, perhaps Train2Game students will one day be among those making serious, educational games.

For more on how games can be used as an educational tool, check out this video of Gabe Zichermann discussing how games are making kids better problem-solvers.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on serious games and games being learned as learning tool? Is it an area you’d like to get into developing for?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: BBC Click]

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