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Serious Games Interactive Websites Make Over

Via: Serious Games Interactive Blog- SGI Website Make Over

The Serious Games Interactive website has undergone a makeover and is now live. SGI aims to inform customers and other people with an interest in game-based learning solutions about their experience and vision for the segment.

Thenew websitefeatures extended company information and project examples, including streaming game-play videos related to former client projects such as LEGO, The National Museum and Novo Nordisk.

While the former website focused on production projects - the Global Conflicts series and the Playing History series - SGI has now launched dedicated sites for each one of them: theGlobal Conflicts Portaland thePlaying History website.

The new corporate website welcomes visitors with a clean visual look and navigation. The goal is to make it easier for visitors to access information about the four areas of expertise: 1. corporate education 2. academic education 3. cultural education and 4. market education. What t…

MindQuilt: Serious Games For Big Enterprise Knowledge Sharing

Via: MindQuilt

MindQuilt is a Question & Expert matchmaking system with gaming dinamics to optimize engagement. But what does that really mean? Watch the video and have a taste of it.

MindQuilt is currently in private beta. You can sign-up for a free trial at

YDreams New Framework For Serious Games In Public Spaces

YDreams" largest project to date, "El Faro" Visitors Center, is the gateway to Santander Group's financial complex on the outskirts of Madrid. The center is a creative mix of advanced robotics, hi-res LED paneled columns and interactive interface design that offer visitors memorable forms of exploring the group's history and global presence.
Via:YDreams- YDreams Development Platform Now Supports 3d Video Cameras
YDreams has been working on Natural User Interfaces (NUI) for about 9 years. They have successfully deployed hundreds of applications, which can now be found in museums, stores, events venues and movie theaters.
In the beginning, each new application was a copy-paste of source from the previous projects plus the customization code and a few more features – therefore, maintenance was a nightmare.
From very early on, they felt the need to have a reusable development framework that would take less time developing the applications, make them more robust and lea…

Serious Games Improving Diabetes Self-Management Update

On my prior post G4H 2008: Serious Games For Improving Diabetes Self-Management, I had already addressed two different approaches for diabetes self-management.
Now, pharmaceutical company Bayer has announced the release of DIDGET, a blood glucose monitoring system that connects with Nintendo DS systems and rewards consistent testing with unlockable minigames.
DIDGET is a fully functional blood glucose monitor, and does not require a Nintendo DS to operate. The device reads and records blood sugar concentration levels determined by Bayer's prescription CONTOUR test strips.
Bayer's DIDGET meter is a blood glucose meter that connects directly to Nintendo DS(TM) and DS Lite gaming systems to help kids manage a lifelong disease by rewarding them for building consistent testing habits and meeting personalized blood glucose target ranges.

When connected to the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot on Nintendo DS and DS Lite systems, DIDGET converts blood glucose test results into reward points…

Presentation: Bringing Serious Games Into The Classroom

Ollie Bray Superb Presentation at Games Based Learning Conference 2010

Via: SlideShareandConsolarium Project
Ollie Bray is National Adviser on Learning and Technology Futures atLearning and Teaching Scotland (LTS). LTS is the education agency responsible for curriculum development in Scotland.
Ollie Bray speaks to global audiences on creativity and innovation in education. He has been a school leader, head of department and is an award winning teacher. His current interests include social media in schools, computer games in education, mobile technologies, school design, outdoor learning and 21st century school leadership.
On the 29th and 30th March he was down in London at the second international Games Based Learning Conference organized by Graham Brown-Martin and his team atLearning Without Frontiers, where he chaired the Learning with Games session on the Tuesday morning and also delivered the opening keynote.
About the Consolarium - Bringing Computer Games Into The Classroom

“If you w…

Serious Games Replicating The Benefits Of Electric Vehicles

Via: Advertising Lab - Renault Puts Electric Cars in Sims 3

EA and Renault Announce Exclusive Agreement With The Sims3 - Players "Drive The Change" and Reap Benefits of Electric Vehicles Inside World's Best-selling PC Franchise
LONDON, Apr 19, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) and Renault announced a multi-year agreement that will enable players of The SimsTM 3 PC/Mac to integrate Renault's forthcoming range of electric vehicles into one of the world's most successful entertainment franchises across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
This spring, Renault's Twizy Z.E Concept car - will be made available to download free of charge by The Sims 3 players within an Electric Vehicle Pack (EVP), which will comprise a number of sustainable environmental items including solar panels and a windmill.

The use of the EVP inside The Sims 3 will have positive repercussions for a player's in-game family by reducing…

SharpBrains: Serious Gaming Your Way To Better Vision

Via: SharpBrains Blog - 2010 Research Executive Brief
SharpBrains Blog has just posted one of the Research Executive Briefs that will be included in SharpBrains’ 2010 market report, to be unveiled on May 24th.
SharpBrains asked leading neuroscientists to share findings and implications from their own recent published scientific studies in order to better forecast the development trajectory of emerging applications for cognitive health and brain fitness, highlighting the need for special attention in the choice of the games to be used when considering potential real-world applications.
Here are the extracts of the Brief prepared by: Bjron Hubert-Wallander, Bjorn & Daphne Bavelier, Bavelier Brain & Vision Lab, University of Rochester (full article here).
1. Main findings for 2008 and 2009:
Over the past ten years, research conducted by our lab and others has shown that playing fast-paced, action-packed videogames can lead to significant benefits in how well one pays attention and ho…

2010 Horizon Report: Educational Serious Games Adoption - 2 To 3 Years

Education In General Is Still A Few Years Away From Embracing Games As Mainstream Practice
The Horizon Report series is the most visible outcome of theNew Media Consortium’s Horizon Project, an ongoing research effort established in 2002 that identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within education around the globe.
This volume, the 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition, examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative expression within the environment of pre-college education.
Each edition of the Horizon Report introduces six emerging technologies or practices that are likely to enter mainstream use in the educational community within three adoption horizons over the next one to five years. Each report also presents critical trends and challenges that will affect teaching and learning over the same time frame.
The six technologies featured in e…

Serious Games Technology Co Cuts Cost of 3D Development With New Launch

PRESS RELEASE London, UK, 16th April 2010
Award-winning simulation technology company, Caspian Learning, continues to reduce the development costs of 3d simulations for training, performance and engagement with the release of a new version of its Thinking Worlds rapid 3d authoring tool.

Caspian Learning, the UK-based 3d simulation technology company, today announced the release of the latest version of its award-winning 3d authoring tool Thinking Worlds.

The proprietary software technology allows designers to rapidly create 3d performance simulations and Serious Games.

The new additions to Thinking Worlds 3.3 include the ability to integrate files created in Adobe’s Flash effortlessly into 3d environments and publish them directly to the Internet. This will enable faster development and subsequently lowers the development costs of immersive simulations for designers.

The latest additions make the creation of immersive 3d learning and performance simulations even more cost effective than …

Games Beyond Entertainment Week: Serious Games For All Market Segments

May 24-27, 2010, Boston, MA
Featuring The 6th Annual Games for Health Conference
Games Beyond Entertainment Week 2010 is a festival of conference events about the development of games and game technologies for emerging markets and purposes beyond entertainment including health, education, productivity, training, security, and more.
Via: Ben Sawyer - Digitalmill - Serious Games Initiative - Games for Health Project

Following my prior posting International Leadership For Serious Games Gathering, here are Ben Sawyer's latest updates on the upcoming festival of conference events.

The Games for Health Conference and Games Beyond Entertainment Week are coming soon.

We can now reveal our excellent keynotes for the 2010 Games for Health Conference:

Day 1: Wednesday May 26

THE MIND-BODY EXPERIENCE OF SONY MOVE: Relationships between Gaming, Play, Exercise, and More!

Dr. Richard Marks - Senior Researcher Sony US R&D group

Dr. Marks also known as the "father of the EyeToy" will discuss…

Two Videos For Serious Games Recap

Earlier this month, Streamray Blog has uploaded two videos about "Serious Games". Although they are not new (about one year old), they provide an interesting recap of where "Serious Games" are heading. 

Education & Business Find Uses for Serious Games
Video byEuronews

Computer games have broken out from their console and entertainment world, and are finding more constructive applications in the worlds of business and education. This special edition of HiTech looks at a very French revolution.

Computer Game Technology & Future of Serious Games Video by the Alive Team

This video is a snap shot of some of today's technology used in computer games and some research and development ideas for the future of Serious Games (including Augmented Reality).

Serious Games As mHealth Services: Accenture New Study

Via: Accenture

mHealth is proving to be more than just another technology bridge – it is transforming our view of healthcare services.

According to a recent survey conducted by Accenture and sponsored by the GSMA between November 2009 and February 2010, consumers are not only interested in embedded devices and services, like connected health services, but many believe that using them would enrich their lives.

Their report included results from an online survey which polled 1,005 early adopter consumers that own at least four networked devices and use multiple Internet software services. Survey respondents were from the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, India and Brazil.

Accenture also asked respondents more specifically about their opinions on mobile-enabled systems for care givers of elderly persons living alone. Accenture and GSMA defined networked systems for caregivers as “devices that connect to one another and the Internet to monitor a person’s vital signs, level…

Screen Media Expo 2010: Serious Games As Screen Media

Digital signage pods at Westfield London Westfield Shopping Centre houses a vast internal screen network installed and managed by CBS Outdoor
Via: Screen Media Expo 2010
Screen Media Expo is United Kingdom's leading trade fair for Media & Advertising Industry organized by Screen Events Ltd.
Screen Media Expo has demonstrated consistent growth year after year and has solidified itself as the industry's biggest digital signage and DOOH (Digital Out Of Home) media event in Europe. It showcases the very best in innovative digital media used for delivering visual messages that combine the influence of mass advertising with the accuracy of niche marketing.
Screen Media Expo 2010 also known as Screen Media Expo Europe, will be held in London, United Kingdom on MAY 5th – 6th at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre.
In 2010 the Expo moves up a gear to offer a completely different free learning program approach and a wider range of associated paid for show-floor conferences and workshops.