Team Totem try to escape the room and …. well read on to find out how we did!

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Team Totem try to escape the room and …. well read on to find out how we did!

This year for our Christmas party we decided to do more than just a lunch and a few drinks and put our game solving skills to the test. Let’s face it, we know we can make great games, but can we win them? Especially when they are time limited, under some serious pressure and we are locked in rooms…. which we have to escape. That’s right!! We decided to try our hand at a couple of room escape games.

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Mosaic Enterprise Challenge Finals 2016

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Mosaic Enterprise Challenge Finals 2016

The 2016 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge Finals took place on the 4th of May at Hogan Lovell’s International in London, which myself and Richard had the pleasure in attending.

                This year has been bigger and was more fiercely contested than any of the previous years. The challenge this year reached 4898 students in 105 schools across six regions in the United Kingdom, and these students were supported by 531 volunteer mentors. 2016 was the first year to have a winning school from Scotland, the first year in which Scottish schools have entered. 

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Games Are Good For You!?

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Games Are Good For You!?

It seems there are new risks to our health being discovered every week. Everything is a risk, from stuttering car exhausts to the calming flicker of a candle! Our bodies are under constant attack and it us up to each of us to protect ourselves from these risks as best we can.

I can hear some of you guys sighing right now. Don’t worry. . .

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How Not To: Create A Game With Purpose!

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How Not To: Create A Game With Purpose!

Our friends over at the FBI have released a game that could basically be a how not to create a serious game.

I have no qualms with their intention – helping young people avoid radicalisation is a good cause but I have issues with the way they have gone about it. 

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Battle for the Best Leadership Development!

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Battle for the Best Leadership Development!

Does the thought of an away day building a raft with your colleagues leave you feeling excited or nauseous?

Does a new concept in leadership training; (a 3D multiplayer online puzzle-based game, set on a tropical island), float your boat or sink your sandbags?!

We compare leadership development serious game “Unlock: Leadership” with traditional ‘outward bound’ style leadership activities.

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New Infographic - A Game to Unlock Leadership

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New Infographic - A Game to Unlock Leadership

The infographic below illustrates how our new 3D, online, multiplayer game uses learning psychology together with game mechanics to deliver an engaging, immersive, learning experience designed to develop leadership capabilities.

Scroll down to see how the narrative unravels; After a raging storm, you (the player), find yourself shipwrecked, alone on  a mysterious island. Proceed through a series of 'levels' each challenging different

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A Game To Unlock Employability Skills?

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A Game To Unlock Employability Skills?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the need to address the employability skills gap –for example the UK government has brought in changes to education inspections from September 2015, giving a higher profile for employability skills promotion and an independent report by McDonalds clarifies the challenges and draws recommendations. At Totem we’ve got our own recommendations too! But first; here’s the background:

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Remembrance Day

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Remembrance Day

97 years ago, on the 11th of November, the most horrific war the world had ever witnessed ended.

World War I had a final death toll of 17 million people and a further 20 million wounded. It was labelled the ‘Great War’, ‘the war to end all wars’. The 11th of November was made a day of remembrance and reverence. . .

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Do Serious Games really work?

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Do Serious Games really work?

So do they?

Yes they do and we have metrics to demonstrate ‘Return On Engagement’!

Earlier this year Totem Learning designed and developed a game to educate business owners on greener IT practices. The game develops players’ understanding of IT issues within their company and supports them to implement better, greener practices.

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Design Blindness

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Design Blindness

A blog by Joe Watson, our resident Instructional & Game Designer

A Loose Definition
This isn’t a problem unique to videogames or game design. There are likely others names for the phenomenon, but it is best embodied by a particular . . .

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It’s more than just a game – how foundational leadership skills are woven into Unlock: Leadership

It’s more than just a game – how foundational leadership skills are woven into Unlock: Leadership

Pop leadership theories into Google and you’ll be faced with a vast array of theories such as the great man theory, trait theory, the managerial grid or transformational leadership theory (to list just a few).  These theories describe how leaders come about – whether through natural capabilities and talents or through hard work and determination.

When we designed Unlock: Leadership it was important for us to create a platform that underlined all of, or as many of, the leadership principles that are in common use today.