Levelling Up Leadership With Serious Games

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Levelling Up Leadership With Serious Games

Leadership, like many other soft topics which are classed as critical 21st Century skills is a tough nut to crack. There is only so much theory one can learn about a soft skill before you need to bite the bullet and head out to the real world to practice your new found knowledge. But therein lies a challenge; to practice leadership skills you need people to lead and said people may not be immediately available. And to top it off, if you turn out to be a poor leader, you risk widespread damage amongst the team.

So how can we address leadership development using games?

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New Leadership Game Set For Launch!

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New Leadership Game Set For Launch!

A ground-breaking new game for leadership training is being launched at leading L&D exhibition; World of Learning.

The 3D, online, multiplayer game is set on a tropical island, in which players must work together, communicating only by instant messaging to solve puzzles and succeed. Each level challenges players on different leadership skills such as problem solving and negotiation, and switches the lead role between players allowing each a chance to shine. 

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IS It Green? Green IT. Character Creation. Optimisation for Platforms

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IS It Green? Green IT. Character Creation. Optimisation for Platforms

Now I have the characters completed the final stage is to optimise the characters to work in game.

I worked at 300 dpi so we can print these characters large and to a high quality, this is useful for the marketing department. As we have huge files it’s easy to alter the image to a lower resolution. BUT keep loads of backups and don't overwrite your original Photoshop file!  You can always make a folder called original files. It doesn’t hurt to have a copied back up, in fact it's advised.

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Totem's Top Ten Games for Learning (Serious Games)

Totem's Top Ten Games for Learning (Serious Games)

Who doesn’t love a list!

The team here at Totem Learning have been discussing our all-time favourite Games for Learning, or Serious Games. It’s a really interesting subject we want to share with you all! 

Is IT Green? Green IT. Character Creation - Early Silhouettes

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Is IT Green? Green IT. Character Creation - Early Silhouettes

Use silhouettes to get your mind thinking in a way that strengthens your characters. When posing a character, it’s a good idea to act them out, in your head or physically. Take reference photos; posing helps you understand the stance and personality better. You can always pose a sketching Doll, or a Biped in 3ds Max, to get a better idea of shape and action lines too. 

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Is IT Green? Green IT: Character Creation Day 4

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Is IT Green? Green IT: Character Creation Day 4

Sterotypes in the design process

Always reference from real life: I restricted myself to certain nationality groups. I was aiming to capture a typical Slovenian/Italian etc face type; taking into consideration features such as eye shape, skin tone, hair colour, etc. Often determining these traits are big generalisations and not factual but it is good to have recognisable traits in your characters so people more easily associate with the nationality, age group, occupation etc your character belongs too. 

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Is IT Green? - Green IT: The Character Creation Process

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Is IT Green? - Green IT: The Character Creation Process

A couple of weeks ago we mentioned on our blog an exciting new project we are working on - Is IT Green?. Our resident 3D/2D Artist Nicky Rhodes has wrote about her experience on this project. In the coming weeks she will be giving tips and advice, discussing her process and more on the creative side of game design! 

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The Golden Ratio: A Brief Introduction

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The Golden Ratio: A Brief Introduction

This very brief introduction to TGR will touch on what it is and how it can be used in layout and design. I have also created a free vector pack you can download and use which may help you start including TGR in your own work..

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