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The six categories of SGS&C winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony earlier this month. Congrats to all for the superb quality of 2021 submissions!
This year’s Best Government Serious Game was awarded to CoronaQuest, developed by DNA Studios for the Education, Youth and Culture Department - État de Vaud - Switzerland.
Image credit: CoronaQuest
As an online strategy card game, CoronaQuest
is extremely successful in introducing students to protective and hygiene
measures that could make return to school less stressful and safer in the
course of the Covid-19 pandemic.
uniqueness resides in its central idea of fighting the Corona Virus using
"heroes" who represent the people that can actually help the students
(parents, teachers, nurses, etc.); using defensive cards to block the virus and
offensive cards to strengthening the heroes.
Finding the "perfect counterattack"
for each offensive card played by the virus, results in engaging & fun
gameplay that helps kids to acquire new habits.
Image credit: Basic Vectoring
Basic Vectoring teaches the basics of vectoring including fundamental
concepts such as turn radius, aircraft performance, and wind effects.
Aimed at learners in early stages of air
traffic controller school or anyone with an interest in air traffic control, the
game starts with basic aircraft vectoring concepts and gradually builds in
stages to teach more complex skillsets. Players learn the effects of different
variables on aircraft and, once they master their compass rose directions, can
start learning proper phrasing and ways to give vectoring commands. They also
experience how wind impacts an aircraft’s flight path.
The 2021 winner for the Best Student Developed Serious Game is Vector Unknown: Echelon Seas by Christopher Olson, Arizona State University
Image credit: Vector Unknown - Echelon Seas
In Vector Unknown: Echelon Seas, players are stranded on an
island and need to complete different types of linear algebra puzzles to
recover the pieces to their ship. The overall goal is to rebuild their ship
by mastering various aspects of linear algebra.
The game has the extraordinary merit of
combining learning and game, without losing the goodness of games, achieved via
seamless integration – a perfect blend of game elements and instructional
elements to create a Serious Game that is fundamentally fun.
The winner of the much anticipated People’s
Choice Best Serious Game is a tie: Legends of Europe by Regional
Council of Brittany France and developer Succubus
Interactive and TC3Sim 2020 by Engineering
& Computer Simulations
Legends of Europe is an online treasure hunt that plunges the player into an imaginary world inspired by medieval fantasy, with scenery integrated in panoramic Google Street views and then customized. It offers a fantastic tale that captivates and seduces a young public thanks to the legends from the rich lore of European countries.
Image credit: Legends of Europe
TC3Sim 2020 is a “first-person thinker” game to train Combat Medics and Combat Lifesavers on battlefield medical treatments and triage skills.
Providing a powerful, highly engaging playful
context, the game leverages on realistic visuals and skill-driven scenarios to
teach and reinforce the concepts of Tactical Combat Casualty Care, each
scenario as a goal-oriented training exercise, making it readily playable to
even a user who is new to concepts of combat medicine.
Image credit: TC3Sim 2020
The 2021 Best XR Serious Game is Street
Smarts VR by Street Smarts VR
Street Smarts VR is a decision-making game
utilizing VR to simulate challenging situations faced by first responders while
in the line of duty. The game provides a safe and realistic training area where
players can get exposure to (and successfully solve) these challenges several times before actually dealing with it for the first time on the street.
Image credit: Street Smarts VR
And finally, the winner of the 2021
Serious Game Innovation award is CodAR by Indian
Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.
CodAR is an Augmented Reality serious game to develop computer programming skills. By playing CodAR, players are introduced to the basic concepts of computer programming such as sequence, functions, and iterative codes (loops).
Image credit: CodAR
Games Showcase & Challenge (SGS&C) is the
premier venue for recognition of excellence in the field of Serious Games
development. Since 2006, SGS&C has helped foster creativity and innovation
in Serious Games as part of NTSA’s I/ITSEC conference held each year in
Orlando, Florida. An esteemed panel of evaluators from around the globe review
the finalists and select all the winners, except for the People’s Choice award,
which is voted on by I/ITSEC attendees.