Insights & Innovation Around Serious Games, Serious Learning

Insights & Innovation Around Serious Games, Serious Learning

“In the future we will see a broader range of topics covered by games that is more niche content.” – Doug Whatley

We all know by now that games harness the power of play, and through play we develop a range of 21st Century knowledge and skills, including language, communication, creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration and social interaction.  Games in short have the power to change the world and change learning.

Doug Whatley, the CEO and Founder of Breakaway Games, is an interactive entertainment industry veteran with over 30 years of successful game development experience.  He is also a lifelong gamer who has established Breakaway as a leader in serious games and game-based learning. He has attracted high-profile customers in the entertainment industry, academia and the federal government. 

The Global Search for Education welcomes Doug Whatley.

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“We will see both phones getting more powerful and people more willing to play games on PCs and large tablets.” – Doug Whatley

Doug, some of the biggest companies in the world now use game tech to teach machine learning.  When do you think we will have a game that teaches an entire subject in curriculum?

While I have been one of the biggest proponents of having a big game that teaches an entire subject, I don’t have confidence that we will see one any time soon. There is a disconnect between the market desire for a game to teach a subject and the up-front cost to create that game. I don’t think we will find anyone willing to take the time and expense to create this game until some smaller games have been very successful. The market validation of smaller games is needed to provide confidence for the bigger venture.

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“I think we’ll see an Increase in games that piggy-back on new media platforms, for example, games being played in Zoom or Google Classroom, tied to podcasts, etc.” – Doug Whatley 

Can you see coming soon a standardized test that’s actually a game?

We already have simulation games that are capable of being used as a standardized test, so I think there is real promise for many types of tests to be replaced by games. Games, in addition to sometimes being better tests, provide additional test security and also can better provide some types of affordances. So, I think we will see a game used as a standardized test very soon.

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 “We will see simplified content creation that allows students to create their own content that is then judged by the rest of the class.” – Doug Whatley 

How will games change in the next 5 years?  What are your top 5 predictions for game innovation and game distribution?

For many years, the games business was focused on big AAA game titles and then mobile games and app stores took over. Mobile app stores led to new market styles like free-to-play that extended the business model. I think the next 5 years will see those two extremes coming together. Mobile apps will get bigger and AAA games will get smaller using multiple season type distribution.

That merger of styles will lead to these 5 predictions…

In the future, we will see a broader range of topics covered by games that is more niche content. There will be less focus on small  footprints for mobile games. We will see both phones getting more powerful and people more willing to play games on PCs and large tablets. Thirdly, I think we’ll see an Increase in games that piggy-back on new media platforms, for example, games being played in Zoom or Google Classroom, tied to podcasts, etc. We will see distribution using longer rollouts of content (packaged as seasons or niche content DLC).  Finally, we will see simplified content creation that allows students to create their own content that is then judged by the rest of the class. 

About the Author
Author: C. M. RubinWebsite: http://www.cmrubinworld.com/
The Global Search for Education (GSE) is a regular contributor to EdTechReview. Authored by C. M Rubin GSE brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by today's nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century education.

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