DO SERIOUS GAMES REALLY WORK?
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.
IS 'IT' GREEN?: CREATING EARLY CHARACTER 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.
IS 'IT' GREEN?: INCORPORATING CHARACTER STEREOTYPES
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.
IS 'IT' GREEN?: DECISION MAKING WITH DESIGN
So now you have your initial research done. It’s time to break it down into categories. This will help build a clear picture of what to focus on.