In this introductory presentation for Amrita University's T4E Conference this month, here are a few thoughts on differentiating between Gamification, Serious Games and Simulations.
A little delayed, but here are the two videos from the 2012 conference in Singapore. The first one is a panel discussion on how to monetize serious games where I flipped the discussion to "why monetize - what is the value that we are bringing to customers" instead. The next one, is my pitch for... Continue Reading →
It gives me great pleasure to formally announce the formation of the National Association for Simulations and Serious Games (India). NASSG is an attempt to get together stakeholders and entrepreneurs in the SG&S industry in India. The objectives are: To create awareness about the potential of serious games and simulations to help solve large scale... Continue Reading →
Much has been developed, researched and written about the power of high fidelity simulations (especially in defense and healthcare) and their ability to provide far more effective training outcomes and better measurability of performance. And I will include Serious Games as well in the same context. I think it is perhaps a good time to raise... Continue Reading →
I have been researching management of simulations and other complex entity based learning implements such as serious games. The challenge here is that the traditional SCORM/AICC paradigm allows limited reporting capabilities. Another challenge is storing state for later resumption (bookmarks) and the third challenge is to be able to set simulation parameters. Another related challenge is... Continue Reading →
SCORM works on 2 main principles - as a way to package and sequence learning material, and as a way for learning management systems to track learning activity through a run time interface. It is based on traditional teaching-learning processes and provides additional promises of inter-operability and reuse through standardization of the way courses are organized and presented to... Continue Reading →
Data visualization in 2D is what we have done most of our lives. Till recently, I viewed 3D as a medium for understanding and manipulating complex structures (say molecules, genes, architectural maps etc) both for academic and commercial use. With mashups, came the concept that you could intermix n-dimensional data (like OLAP) in a Web... Continue Reading →
In one of my conversations with a reputed customer, we had an interesting discussion around a theme for our project. Essentially a gaming project as conceived initially, both teams got together to thrash out the underlying model - the processes, variables and algorithms that would constitute this project. As the teams got a better understanding... Continue Reading →