Game-Based Learning

Jawel er is weer een nieuwe hype-term ontstaan. Na ‘serious games’, ‘applied games’, ‘gamification’ – hebben we het nu weer over iets ‘nieuws’ – namelijk: ‘Game-Based Learning’. Alsof een speler in (entertainment) games niets leert? Alsof spelen en leren verschillend zouden zijn? De mens is een spelend wezen, daarom leren we!? Door te verkennen (explore) en te proberen (experiment) vinden we nieuwe wegen uit, durven we risico’s aan te gaan en doen we ervaring (experience) op! De  drie voornaamste bouwstenen voor het leren en spelen zijn wat ons betreft:

  • Explore
  • Experiment
  • (gain) Experience

Door te verkennen, ontdekken we nieuwe wegen, mensen, zienswijzen, etc. Door dit toe te passen op een andere manier dan eerst zijn we aan het experimenteren. De raadselachtige resultaten die daaruit kunnen voortvloeien motiveren om verder te verkennen. Dit is weer brandstof voor die belangrijke drijfveer van de mens: Nieuwsgierigheid. Hoe vaak denk je dat een kind gemiddeld valt voordat het echt leert lopen? En hoe vaak valt een kind met zijn fiets? Het antwoord op de eerste vraag staat onderaan deze posting.

Nieuwsgierigheid is een – nog te vaak – onderbelichte drijfveer die in ons allen zit. Lees het boek van Bill Bryson maar eens (Een kleine geschiedenis van bijna alles) en je leert dat de helft van onze scheikundige stoffen nooit ontdekt waren zonder experimenteren. Sterker nog, hele business modellen zijn ontstaan door toevallige ontdekkingen. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan 3M die bij toeval ontdekte dat ze een lijm hadden gecreëerd met een eigenschap die ze in staat stelde velletjes papier te plakken op een muur, los te halen, en weer ergens anders op te plakken. Lang leve het experiment dus! En wat levert verkennen en proberen op? Ervaring! Juist. Alleen vinden we een ervaring zonder resultaat vaak onbevredigend. Zeker in een game wil de speler in principe graag een doel nastreven, dit behalen en een hoger niveau van gameplay voorgeschoteld krijgen. Maar sommige games laten je wat vrijer (bijvoorbeeld sandbox games of Flower) – en gaat het meer om de ‘reis’ an-sich. Waarom ook niet? Dat is toch ook een prachtig Buddhistisch uitgangspunt: er is geen reis naar geluk, de reis is geluk!

Dus Game based learning, tja… leuk. Leuke term weer. Ik ga het ook gebruiken. Al is het maar om mijn doelgroep te overtuigen vaker te verkennen welke andere methodes er zijn om medewerkers te trainen. Zie dat middel als een experiment om misschien wel verbazend goede resultaten te ervaren op het leereffect, inzicht in het nut van samenwerking, of keihard de vereiste sales cijfers halen. Want dat hebben we de afgelopen zes jaar wel bewezen voor onze opdrachtgevers die het met ons aandurfden!

Over twee maanden mogen we hopelijk weer wat onthullen over twee ‘game-based learning’ systemen. Voor een wereldwijde verzekeraar en een hele grote mobiele telefonie provider (nee niet die groene draak ;-).

To be continued… meanwhile: Level up!

PS: Het antwoord op hoe vaak een kind valt voordat het echt volleert is te lopen is 2.000 keer… 

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Newzoo outlook on the Gaming market 2012

My good friend Peter Warman from Newzoo held this presentation during the Game Developers Congress in 2012

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Gamers research USA – Thanks to the ESA (Dan Hewitt)

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Report Finds More Women, Adults Play Games

June 7, 2011 – Washington, DC – 72 percent of American households play video games and 82 percent of gamers are adults according to new research released today by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). In a report released at E3, the world’s leading video game event, the data presented a consumer base that is increasingly diverse and receiving interactive game content on myriad platforms.
The report, 2011 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry, also found 42 percent of gamers are women and that women age 18 or older represent more than one third of the game-playing population. In addition, purchases of digital full games, digital add-on content, mobile apps, subscriptions and social network gaming accounted for 24 percent of game sales in 2010, generating $5.9 billion in revenue.

“Our industry’s innovative titles are reaching new consumers in broader, deeper and more-engaging ways,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA. “Technological advancements and terrific entertainment experiences in our industry make it possible for people of all ages to enjoy games at home or on the go, and the creativity of our developers and publishers leads to an ever-expanding variety of video games to choose from in both digital and physical formats.”
The survey also found that parents remain highly involved in their children’s game play and see several benefits of entertainment software. Forty-five percent of parents report playing computer and video games with their children at least weekly and nine out of ten parents pay attention to the content of the games their children play. In addition, 68 percent of parents believe that game play provides mental stimulation or education, 57 percent believe games encourage their family to spend time together, and 54 percent believe that game play helps their children connect with their friends.

Other findings of the survey include:

  • The average game player is 37 years old, while the average game purchaser is 41 years old;
  • Sixty-five percent of gamers play games with other gamers in person;
  • More than half (55 percent) of gamers play games on their phones or handheld devices;
  • Eighty-six percent of parents are aware of the Entertainment Software Rating Board rating system, and 98 percent of these parents are confident in the accuracy of the ratings;
  • Parents are present when games are purchased or rented 91 percent of the time; and
  • Consumers spent $25.1 billion on game content, hardware and accessories in 2010.

The research for the 2011 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry was conducted by Ipsos MediaCT and is the most in-depth and targeted survey of its kind, gathering data from almost 1,200 nationally representative households that have been identified as owning either or both a video game console or a personal computer used to run entertainment software.
The Entertainment Software Association is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. The ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, hosting the E3 Expo, conducting business and consumer research, representing the video game industry in federal and state government relations, First Amendment and intellectual property protection efforts.

For more information, please visit www.theESA.com.

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New Distimo research is out

>I am still wondering why brands are still hesitating to start developing cool branded games for the world. My book A brand new playground clearly states all the possibilities to create cool concepts for consumers. Also my research shows that gamers are very much open for brand interaction (hence the 600.000 Nespresso fans on Facebook and over 11 million for Victorias Secret).

Again the most downloaded applications (free as well as paid applications) are GAMES! Surprise, surprise. Of course it’s the coolness of the concept that determines a great deal of the success of the game, but hey, that;s why BrandNewGame is here!

… 😉

Source: www.distimo.com 

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Service in the Industry is not a Product Feature but a Business Model

>This presentation show you how services can be sold as product-add-ons. Just like in my book it describes opportunities to sell services as product+ or upgraded products. Like a game with 5 extra levels (this was done during the presell period of the game R.U.S.E. for instance)…

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Nielsen proves in-game advertising increases SALES with 24%!

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In-Game Advertising in EA Games Lifts Brand Sales

First Time Research Connects What Consumers See in-Game with What They Buy In-Store

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sep 14, 2010 — Electronic Arts Inc. today revealed results from a study conducted by The Nielsen Company which shows the degree to which brand advertisements within video games can boost real life sales. The study, commissioned by EA on behalf of Gatorade, shows that in-game advertising increased household dollars spent on Gatorade by 24%, and offered a return on investment of $3.11.

The study focused on households that purchased at least one of six EA SPORTS(TM) titles: NHL(R) 09, NHL 10, NBA LIVE 07, NBA LIVE 08, NBA LIVE 09 and NBA Street Homecourt. Gatorade had a variety of product placements within the games including arena signs, players’ water bottles, score updates and other call outs.

The study was based on Nielsen’s US Homescan panel of more than 100,000 households, representative of the US population, including a subset of Homescan homes that scanned video game UPC (Universal Product Codes) barcodes. The scanned barcodes were matched to a reference library of more than 14,000 video game titles. Nielsen compared the households that purchased at least one of the studied games before and after Gatorade branding was integrated into the games (the test group) with households that didn’t purchase one of the games (the control group).

These test and control group homes are projected out to the broad Homescan panel by matching them with the larger Homescan household universe based on similar purchase patterns and demographics in order to achieve a statistically reliable sample. Finally, the sales impact of Gatorade advertising was measured by analyzing and comparing Gatorade purchase behavior between the households that had and hadn’t purchased the games that carried Gatorade advertising.

This is the first time that this type of sales lift analysis has been done for advertising within video games. The study is the result of work undertaken by EA and The Nielsen Company to help marketers better understand the potential of advertising in this space.

“Nielsen’s study is a milestone for interactive entertainment,” said Elizabeth Harz, Senior Vice President of Global Media Sales at EA. “For the first time, advertisers are able to link the value of their in-game marketing or sponsorship to actual sales. Now brands can feel confident adding gaming as a core media channel for their advertising.”

“Video games are a deeply engaging consumer experience,” added Gerardo Guzman, Director, Media Product Leadership for The Nielsen Company. “Bringing our industry accepted ad effectiveness understanding to video games is another way to help marketers understand how consumers respond to advertising across different environments. This should help optimize the impact of and derive a return on media investments. In this case the story is simple – dollars put into video game product placement result in more retail dollars.”

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Games still the most popular apps on smart phones

>Research done by Nielsen amongst 4.000 US Smartphone users shows that games are still the most popular downloads.

Interesting to see that social networking websites (Facebook & Twitter I guess) are more popular than ‘communication apps’ like Voice over IP (Skype) and Instant Messaging (MSN). Also the weather and news is high in the list.

The charts speak for themselves I guess 😉

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Mobile Advertising 2020 Vision from Ogilvy and Acision

>Basically they apparently share my vision that in the future all media merge. The central concept is used to create ‘content’ that reaches out to consumers through certain channels in a specific context… More to read HERE:

http://brandnewgame.nl/cms/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/BrandNewGame-Digital-Interactive-Branding.pdf

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