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UCSC Launching Professional Master’s Program In Serious Games This Fall

Scott Brandt, UCSC Vice Chancellor for Research, anticipates launching a Professional Master’s Program in Serious Games this fall, according to his article “Silicon Valley Campus raising profile”, posted last March.

“This program will formalize and expand work already being done in the Games and Playable Media Program such as Peace and Order, a virtual reality game by GPM student Chelsea Manzano, which explores the human consequences of the drug war in the Philippines,” he said.

The UCSC MS in Games & Playable Media and MS in Serious Games are 5 quarter, intensive programs .The Silicon Valley Campus is home to both programs.
The UCSC MS in Games & Playable Media is a master’s degree program that offers students an intensive, real-world experience, augmented by deep and frequent industry interactions enabled by the program’s Silicon Valley location and veteran faculty,” said Scott Brandt.
“In the past year alone, more than 50 members of the interactive entertainment industry have v…
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Serious Games Conference: 100+ Speakers On The Future Of Serious Games

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A Joyful Holiday And A Playful New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Solar Games is a studio based in Nice, on the French Riviera, that develops game-based learning solutions and team management tools.
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2017 Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Winners Announced At I/ITSEC

Congrats to all for the superb quality of this year’s submissions. And the seven winners are:
Simsoft Bilgisayar Teknolojileri is this year’s winner in the Best Mobile Serious Game category of the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge with MyStartup
MyStartup screenshot
Triseum is the Innovation Award winner with ARTé: Mecenas

Second Avenue Learning is the Students' Choice Awardwinner withMartha Madison.

The People's Choice Award goes to Earthlight Arcade by Opaque Space.

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs topped the Government Developed Serious Game category with their Goals of Care Conversations.
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Gronstedt Groupis this year’s winner in the Best Business Developed Serious Game category with Cloud Defense. This award is commonly the hardest fought award for the historically largest category.