Is anyone familiar with Seriosu Games and their applications to first responders?
A Serious Game according to Wiki ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serious_game ) is, "A serious game is a term used to refer to a software or hardware application developed with game technology and game design principles for a primary purpose other than pure entertainment. Serious games include games used for educational, persuasive, political, or health purposes."
Luke I found this, you may not have seen it. hope it helps
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Serious games, expected to be a US$1.5 billion global market in 2008, are being described
by some analysts as the next wave of technology-mediated learning. As organizations intensify their efforts to engage with members of today’s workforce, serious games offer a powerful, effective approach to learning and skills development.
This paper looks at serious games and their potential as learning tools. It also asks and answers some of the initial questions that challenge decision-makers, designers, and developers alike:
• Do serious games really promote learning?
• Who uses serious games?
• What do learners think about serious games?
• What can we expect in the near future?
• How do we start a serious game initiative for our organization?
Great list of resources. I operate a site that is along these lines. I have a series of Online Incident Command Simulators, Virtual Pump Panels, and LODD Computer Graphic Recreations. My SIMS are less like video games than a lot of others. I have tried to recreate the challenge of balancing units on scene in a dynamic fast paced fire environment. Please take a look and let me know what you think.