Serious Games for Learning
The objective of this research is to support the design and development of digital educational serious games (SGs), by helping reduce the costs associated with SG development, while fulfilling the game’s educational and entertainment goals. For that end, both the conceptual and the technical complexities of producing educational SGs are addressed. A theoretical analysis is performed to determine how a game realizes its educational and entertainment objectives through its concrete mechanics.
A conceptual model, called Activity Theory-based Model for Serious Games (ATMSG), is presented. The ATMSG fills a gap that previous models, frameworks and methodologies for SG analysis and design do not cover, namely the understanding of how high-level game requirements, concerning both educational and entertainment goals, can be concretely satisfied in a SG, down to the game mechanics level. The model is then used in the definition of a software reference architecture called Service-Oriented Reference Architecture for Serious Games (SORASG), based on the architectural pattern of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).
The architecture provides a template solution to support SG software development, defining common elements among different SGs of different genres and topics that can be incorporated in a modular fashion into game architectures. The results suggest that the proposed methodology and tools (i.e., ATMSG identification of components, and their implementation and integration as services) can offer a valuable solution to reduce costs and foment quality SG development.
This research project is a collaborative effort between the University of Genoa (IT) and Eindhoven University of Technology, providing reference material for a future of service oriented serious game creation.
Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (EMJD) in Interactive and Cognitive Environments (ICE)), which is funded via the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission under EMJD ICE FPA nº 2010-0012.
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