Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September 30 Is The Deadline For Fun & Serious Game Festival Entries

The Fun & Serious Game Festival keeps growing: games developed worldwide have also become eligible for the awards 

Graphic designer Raúl Rodriguez Zabalza was the winner of the Fun & Serious Game Festival official poster competition for the Festival’s 2nd edition

TheFun & Serious Game Festival, now in its second edition, was established in 2011 to recognize the best European video games of the year. 

Last year the competition was open to European developments only. This year, however, games developed worldwide have also become eligible for the Fun & Serious Games Festival Awards - September 30 being the deadline for submissions!

Awards will be granted to the best productions and brightest careers in the video game industry, both for games developed for fun and those fulfilling cultural, educational, healthcare, or corporate purposes. 

In its 2nd edition, the Fun & Serious Game Festival aspires to promote the work done by video game professionals, while giving a boost to the video game industry in Spain.

The Festival will be held in Bilbao on from November 26 to December 2, 2012 with the following schedule:

Best Video Game Award Gala 

On 29 November, there will be a spectacular gala in Bilbao to award the Best Fun Video Games and Best Serious Games of the year. This event will take place at the Campos Elíseos Theatre.

Serious Game Conference and Expo 

From November 26 to December 2, the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall in Bilbao will host the Serious Games Conference, drawing leading players in the sector. The event is meant to be “the meeting point” for Serious Games professionals.

Activities for All and Sundry 

Also, from 26 November to December 2 there will be a series of lectures, premieres and activities for all kinds of visitors, turning Bilbao into the Mecca of video games for five days.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Serious Game Expo Back To The Agenda

The European reference for Serious Games professionals Focused on Training and Marketing Communication

Via: Serious Game Expo 2012

Summer is over and it’s time to plan which events to attend in the next few months. Among all, there’s certainly one to schedule: the 8th edition of Serious Game Expo, the European reference for Serious Games professionals (please find also Serious Game Expo 2012 Unveils Its New Edition)

The event will be held on October, 22-23, 2012 in Lyon at the Congress Center Cité Internationale, with 50 French and International exhibitors among them Daesign, Interaction Games, GNFA, Itycom, Qoveo, Symetrix and Solar Games.

Focused on Serious Games for training and marketing communication, SGE targets HR Directors, Training Managers, Communication and Marketing Directors as its primary audience, promoting a network of conversations between Serious Games professionals and future customers.

Here is the early bird rates full announcement:

Are you a Human Resources Director, a Training Manager, a Communication Director or a Marketing Director? Are you looking for interactive solutions to form and to recruit your employees, to communicate about your brand, to promote your products or to achieve new targets? Are you an adept of innovation, do you wish to get your company to another dimension and to expand your knowledge in terms of digital marketing? Then SERIOUS GAME EXPO IS DEFINITELY MADE FOR YOU! It welcomes you on October, 22-23, 2012 for its 8th Edition at the Lyon Congress Center – Cité Internationale.

Serious Game Expo is THE unmissable event for developers of Serious Games, advergames and social games. It is the show that allows you to find new interactive solutions to form, communicate and sell. Come and take a closer look at these interactive tools in the field of human resources and marketing communication. In 2011, the event gathered more than 1000 visitors (small and medium sized companies together with big corporations) such as EDF, France Télécom, bioMérieux, Capgemini, Airbus, L’Oréal, Louis Vuitton and so on. 

Here’s a taste of what you will find at SGE:

  • 18 sessions on relevant topics for your field of expertise. Some examples: “Gamification: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”; “Branded Entertainment & Video Game”;”How to choose the best Serious Games for your training curriculum”. The purpose of these sessions is to update you about the assets of Serious Games, Advergames and Social Games once integrated into a company or into an advertising campaign. The aim is to answer to your needs for recruitment, training, communication and management.
  • 7 consulting workshops: NEW! Here you will meet decision makers who are already familiar with Serious Games tools and with whom you will be free to exchange. They will testify their experiments, they will be able to answer your questions and give you advice for your current or future projects. It is a great opportunity to learn more about Serious Games, Gamification, and Digital Marketing. In particular, you will meet the French Oil Institute which will present its Serious Game called Promise - a simulation tool carved for professional training in the oil and energy industries.
  • 50 French and international exhibitors will be there, such as Digiworks, Interaction Games, Daesign and ITycom.
  • In addition, the Awards Ceremony for the Best Serious Games of the year will allow you to keep on networking during the cocktail party.
WARNING! Only 7 days left to benefit from our 60% discounted offer on visitor badges (47.84€ instead of 143.52€ by the 21st of September).

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Submissions Extended For The Serious Games Showcase & Challenge

Serious Games Submission Deadline Extended to September 24, 2012

Following my prior post Submissions Open For The Serious Games Showcase & Challenge , organizers have just announced that due to popular demand, the deadline for the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge has been extended to September 24, 2012. 

Please visit SGS&C new website at http://sgschallenge.com/wordpress/ for more information.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Games-ED: Serious Games New Brand Targets The Education Market

Games-ED is the Serious Games New Brand At Pixelfountain

Via: Games-EDInnovation In Learning
Games-ED is a brand within Pixelfountain aimed at the education market.  

Please find also Transforming Education: Learning Powered By Serious Games

Games-ED is relatively new but the products are based on the work of Pixelfountain which has been creating Serious Games and learning simulations for about fifteen years.  During that time, Pixelfountain has developed around fifteen learning simulations and delivered over 450 workshops and trained over 6,500 people from the public and private sector. 

Games-ED products can be used to support learning in the curriculum, but they also promote the development of other skills such as collaboration, employability and personal learning and thinking skills.
They currently have three products: 

They are all resource management games that model virtual communities.  The games are played in a workshop and the students are split into teams that represent different roles in the town.  They must work collaboratively to make improvements and get a high score.  Additional activities support the games in order to reflect on the learning and stretch the learners.  

They have also delivered projects in schools looking at games design and development.  Great examples are Eco-Busters http://www.games-ed.co.uk/games-design-workshop.html and Climate Crew http://www.games-ed.co.uk/bespoke.html