Serious Gaming

Serious Gaming

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  • Week 1 - Introduction and Definition
    What are serious games? What characteristics do they have in common with digital entertainment games? And what sets them apart from other media products? In this first module, we set out to define the field. Get ready to immerse yourself and play your first se...
  • Week 2 - The Theoretical Framework
    You might be wondering why we keep on playing a game, even though we sometimes lose or get stuck in a level. In this module, you will learn about what is so motivating about games. We will discuss theories and also a practical example of a serious game that en...
  • Week 3 - Different Serious Games and Simulations
    Throughout this MOOC, you will learn that serious games are applicable in various situations. In this module, we introduce a taxonomy of serious games, which is a classification of the different kinds of serious games. We will focus on one type of serious game...
  • Week 4 - Persuasive Gaming
    How can a game influence the attitude of a player? In this module, we will dive into a specific kind of serious games: persuasive games. Rhetoric and psychological theories will help you to understand how the process of persuasion works. And we will analyze in...
  • Week 5 - The Impact of Serious Games
    By now you probably wonder to what extent serious games actually reach their desired outcome. This seems to be the million-dollar-question, because when an organization invests serious money in a serious game, they would like to be sure it works. But the answe...
  • Week 6 - The Futures of Serious Games
    Unfortunately, we do not own a crystal ball. In this module we will nonetheless take a look into the possible futures of serious games. Will we be playing games in virtual reality, or will we guide our game characters with our brains? Before we look forward, t...




Jeroen Jansz
Full Professor
Media & Communication

Mijke Slot
Media & Communication


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