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What are serious games?
In the landscape of learning and development, serious games are a game changer. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill video games; they’re designed with a purpose beyond entertainment. Through the dynamics of play, they offer a hands-on approach to building skills and changing behaviour.
Whether they’re digital, physical, or a blend, the key point is that these games are crafted to be interactive. As you play, you’re not just having fun; you’re learning valuable skills and insights.
Why do you need serious games?
These immersive and interactive experiences offer a unique opportunity for growth. They create a safe space to explore and make mistakes—all while being deeply engaged. They also facilitate active learning and knowledge retention, as well as the development of soft skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and communication.
In addition, serious games can be used for a wide range of purposes, from onboarding and compliance training to leadership development, change management, and customer education. They are versatile, scalable, cost-effective, and are easily customised to fit the specific needs of your organisation.
Tips for making the most of serious games
If you’re pondering the integration of serious games into your learning strategies, keep these points in mind:
- Start with clear objectives: Understand what you want to achieve and design the game around those goals.
- Keep it engaging: Employ game design elements to make sure the experience is both challenging and rewarding.
- Test and iterate: This is an ongoing process. Use feedback from a diverse set of users to refine your game.
- Blend with other learning methods: Serious games are most effective when complemented by other forms of learning, such as instructor-led training, e-learning, or coaching. Use these games as a part of a larger learning journey to reinforce key concepts and skills.
- Measure your success: Don’t forget to evaluate. Use metrics like completion rates and skill application to gauge effectiveness.
How can we help?
If you’re looking to add serious games to your toolkit, we’re here to help. With extensive experience in learning design and a dedication to innovation, we can help you design and develop these kind of games that are tailored to your needs and objectives.
Our team of experts can guide you through the whole process, from ideation to development and evaluation. Get in touch to find out more.