Serious Games for Serious Topics

March 29, 2008 at 5:23 am 3 comments

Learning to detect counterfeit currency or diagnose and treat a disease in time to save a patient’s life hardly sound frivolous. Yet “serious games” are increasingly being used for training for bank employees, medical students, and others as a way of making learning more compelling and simulating reality. Clark Quinn and I wrote a column in eLearn Magazine addressing if the design of a game, or even the fact that a game is being used, induces a sense of frivolity that lessens the impact of the learning for serious topics.


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  • 1. Exevaparaccip  |  December 14, 2009 at 5:21 pm


    I fould a new site called Blazing Hot…..kind of cool!

  • 2. jean_cl  |  April 17, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Hello all and sundry,

    Does anyone know where I can get a software trailer for Zero Hour?

    I tried round 10 resent ones and nothing seems to work.

    I dont normally use cheat but its an old game and I’m just messing about now


  • 3. Jason Ramos  |  April 1, 2008 at 11:09 am

    I think an issue when it comes to gaming is the terminology. I think in the near future the industry will step away from the word “game” and probably go with “simulation”.

    I think that it is also the delivary method of some serious learning, such as simulations conducted using the Nintendo Wii or various other devices such as the Sony PSP, Nintedo DS and the Computer respectively.

    What would you suggest to help change this mindset, also what have you found to be the best delivery method in your opinion?


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Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM

Lisa GualtieriLisa Gualtieri is Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. She is Director of the Certificate Program in Digital Health Communication. Lisa teaches Designing Health Campaigns using Social Media, Social Media and Health, Mobile Health Design, and Digital Strategies for Health Communication. Contact Lisa:


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