Keep it simple : Lowering the Barrier for Authoring Serious Games

Roland Klemke, Peter Van Rosmalen, Stefaan Ternier, Wim Westera

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    Despite the continuous and abundant growth of the game market the uptake of serious games ineducation has been limited. Games require complex technologies and are difficult to organise and to embed in the curriculum.
    Aim. This article explores to what extent game templates and game authoring processes can be designed that can be easily adopted and adapted by teachers while only using openly available tools.
    Method. It discusses the design and first evaluation of two game platforms: ARGUMENT, based on a wiki, and ARLEARN, a toolkit based on openly available Google technologies. ARGUMENT is a text-based game challenging students to take a position on a given topic. ARLEARN offers an explicit mobile andvirtual gameplay environment and a defined authoring process to create game scripts.
    Results. ARGUMENT and ARLEARN have been evaluated in four small-scale studies, where educators designed game scenarios and students played the resulting games.
    Conclusions. The results indicate that both tools are useful instruments that can be operated by teachers to build games and game-alike educational activities and, additionally, are a valuable step to gain experience with serious games.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)40-67
    Number of pages28
    JournalSimulation & Gaming
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015


    • ARLearn
    • authoring
    • location-based games
    • Openly available tools
    • Serious games
    • Wiki-games


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