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Publicly Available Published by Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag October 16, 2013

Facing the Challenge: Evaluation of Serious Games / Herausforderung Serious Games: Evaluation von Spielen mit Lerncharakter

  • Franziska Hauser

    After completing the bachelors degree programme in „applied cognition and media science“ at the University of Duisburg-Essen all three authors are currently enrolled in the corresponding postgraduate masters programme. The paper at hand resulted from the masters course „Digital Games“ under the direction of Prof. Dr.- Ing. Masuch.

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    , Annika Leich

    After completing the bachelors degree programme in „applied cognition and media science“ at the University of Duisburg-Essen all three authors are currently enrolled in the corresponding postgraduate masters programme. The paper at hand resulted from the masters course „Digital Games“ under the direction of Prof. Dr.- Ing. Masuch.

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    and Kerstin Schiffer

    After completing the bachelors degree programme in „applied cognition and media science“ at the University of Duisburg-Essen all three authors are currently enrolled in the corresponding postgraduate masters programme. The paper at hand resulted from the masters course „Digital Games“ under the direction of Prof. Dr.- Ing. Masuch.

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Zusammenfassung

Diese Arbeit gibt einen Überblick über den aktuellen Forschungsstand im Bereich der Serious Games. Wir behandeln Fragen und Probleme bezüglich des Konzepts von Serious Games - Spiele, die den Anspruch haben, mehr zu sein, als bloße Unterhaltung und Wissen auf spielerische Art und Weise vermitteln möchten. Wir präsentieren Anwendungsgebiete wie Militär, Gesundheit oder Bildung sowie neueste Trends. Zudem werden positive Auswirkungen auf die persönliche Entwicklung des Spielers aufgezeigt. Aufgrund mangelnder empirischer Belege zur Wirksamkeit derartiger Spieler präsentieren wir eine Auswahl vielversprechender Ansätze zur Gestaltung und Evaluation. Zusammenfassend werden mehr wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zur Effektivität von Serious Games benötigt, deren Durchführung bereits zu Beginn des Design- und Entwicklungsprozesses berücksichtigt werden sollte.

Summary.

This paper gives an overview about the current academic research state of the art in the field of serious games. We illustrate issues concerning the concept of serious games which are games that claim to be more than just entertainment and pursue the serious aim to transfer knowledge in a playful way. We present application areas such as military, health or education and identify new trends within the field. An overview of the positive impacts on the players’ development by playing such games is given as well. As there is still not enough empirical evidence on the effectiveness of serious games we present some promising approaches for the design and assessment of serious games. We conclude that more experimental studies have to be conducted which already have to be considered at the very beginning of the design process.

About the authors

Franziska Hauser B.Sc.

After completing the bachelors degree programme in „applied cognition and media science“ at the University of Duisburg-Essen all three authors are currently enrolled in the corresponding postgraduate masters programme. The paper at hand resulted from the masters course „Digital Games“ under the direction of Prof. Dr.- Ing. Masuch.

Annika Leich B.Sc.

After completing the bachelors degree programme in „applied cognition and media science“ at the University of Duisburg-Essen all three authors are currently enrolled in the corresponding postgraduate masters programme. The paper at hand resulted from the masters course „Digital Games“ under the direction of Prof. Dr.- Ing. Masuch.

Kerstin Schiffer B.Sc.

After completing the bachelors degree programme in „applied cognition and media science“ at the University of Duisburg-Essen all three authors are currently enrolled in the corresponding postgraduate masters programme. The paper at hand resulted from the masters course „Digital Games“ under the direction of Prof. Dr.- Ing. Masuch.

Published Online: 2013-10-16
Published in Print: 2013-10-01

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