Games have broadened their appeal in different audiences and at the same time they have become a more accepted medium for expression. Games are also a learning tool.
This can go as far as Marshall McLuhan saying: “Anyone who makes a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.” Well known game designer Jane McGonigal also presents in her TED talk that people playing World of Warcraft for combined 5,93 million years amounts to a lot of learning.
So we can say that games teach us things. What do they teach? The list is long: language skills, co-operations skill, logical thinking… but to say that you should let your employees play MMO games on work time to foster leadership skills a bit far fetched. It might work on an abstract level but there might be no correlation to real life.
However there is a long history of using games in a structured way for learning. At one end you have simulations for learning proper handling of machinery. Flight simulators are the most well-known example of this.
There are also business logic simulation games. They are factual, based on inputting numbers and pulling levers (much like in a machine) trying to optimize the wanted outcomes.
Third category of simulation games is human interaction simulation. This has been used very effectively to teach negotiation skills, rehearse customer service situations or enhancing innovation processes. So far these games have been played only in the real world, where a group of people practices through role-based scenarios.
Dramagame is a toolkit for human interaction simulation. We can build simulations of various interactions. The game itself will direct the players to take roles and through given quests push people gently to have real interactions – all digitally.
We are just starting to explore all the possibilities of Dramagame, if you are interested in building new human interaction simulations, please be in touch (link).
Psst, earlier announced Altogame is quietly available. Please contact Eija (eija.makirintala/altogame.com) if you want to give it a sneak preview try.