THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARACTERS IN GAMES
Social learning theory focuses on the importance of observation and modelling as a key part in the learning process alongside classical and operant conditioning.
Social learning was illustrated by one of my favourite experiments by Banduras Bobo Doll experiment in 1961. Modelling is taking on board the behaviours which we observe from people around us. In society, we are surrounded by role models, who illustrate both positive and negative behaviours. For children this modelling is an essential part of their development, helping to mould them into the person they are to become. It is also important for adults as well.
SERIOUS GAMES AWARDS
Here is a list of awards for serious games, its a work in progress so please contact us if you know of any more we can add - or any more detail about submission deadlines for next year's awards...
WAIT...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. . .
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.
TEAM TOTEM 2016
New Year is always a time for looking forward to the year ahead – our team have been discussing what’s on their radar for 2016 and here are some highlights:
UNLOCK: EMPLOYABILITY: THE GAME
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:
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. . .
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.
TOTEM'S TOP 10 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?: DRAWING AND RESEARCHING
Draw, Draw and Draw!
You have to keep drawing! Even if it’s not going well and you find you just can't draw. Maybe you're having one of ‘those’ days. . .
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.
MIND GAMES: TOTEM'S TOP 10 SERIOUS GAMES FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
In 2000, the Mental Health Foundation started ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’. The first issue focused on was ‘Stigma’. Since then there’s been Exercise, Sleep, Anxiety and many more. This year the focus is on Mindfulness; a mind – body approach to wellbeing.
Did you know one in four of us will suffer from a mental illness every year.
TOTEM'S TOP 10 SERIOUS GAMES FOR UK POLITICS
Today’s the day! Have you all been avidly following the news? Keeping informed? Polling offices close at 22:00 but as long as you are in the queue before then you can still vote –
TOTEM'S TOP 10 SERIOUS GAMES FOR 'EARTH DAY'
The second in Totem's Top Ten Serious Games Series. This blog is all about games that address environmental issues.
SERIOUS GAMES AND GAMIFICATION IN BUSINESS
Recently Elearning! Magazine published an article on Serious Games in the corporate sector. As there were so many good points, and it is a subject so close to our core business at Totem Learning, I’ve taken the opportunity to reblog it here.
The first part of the blog sets the scene and explains some of the reasons why games are so effective in the corporate sector. Points include:
TEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH TO SERIOUS GAMES
Our at a glance top 10 of why you need to switch to serious games for your learning and development. This infographic taken from a previous blog post by Helen Routledge, shows you some of the research into why games based learning has such huge and far reaching benefits for organisational training.
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: SCARY SERIOUS GAMES!
It’s Halloween and we’ve been thinking about ghouls and ghosts and the whole horror gaming genre and how that has been leveraged in the Serious Games world.
Here are a few Serious Games that sprung to mind:
IMMERSIVE LEARNING FOR PEOPLE IN AID
Last week we led a workshop on Serious Games, for People In Aid. Established by agencies in the humanitarian and development sector in 1995, PIA are a not-for-profit membership organisation, governed by its members whose experiences and HR practices help to improve organisational effectiveness within the sector.
HOW DO WE MEASURE THE EFFECT OF A SERIOUS GAME?
There are many layers of measuring the impact of a certain training approach of intervention. Typically the accepted measure of proving the worth of a programme was to look at the ROI result. The ROI or Return on Investment gives a financial baseline as to the monetary outlay vs the gained results for a company or organisation. However ROI only gives us a piece of the puzzle when looking at effectiveness.
THE BENEFITS OF SERIOUS GAMES
This is probably the most common argument you might hear if you are looking into Serious Games. Everyone in the industry screams this out of the top of their lungs, but that’s because it’s true. You may think Serious Games will only appeal to the young, to the gamers, but actually cleverly designed solutions should appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds regardless of whether they have played games before or not.
And here’s why! ...