I am working on a book on applied games: “Explaining With Games”.
It will be a handbook, focused on the analysis of the applied games I have worked on in the last five years.
For information about the projects I worked on, here is a page dedicated to my projects and my profile.
Some images from the games I will examine:
This is how my draft of a book begins at the moment:
Games can be designed to teach and facilitate learning processes. In this book I present several real world cases where games have been applied as teaching tools, and through those cases I introduce concepts of game design used in applied games.
This book on applied games is a bit unique because it is mostly focused on teaching you on how to contribute creating such games.
The focus of this book is on how to create interactive experiences that facilitate learning. How can people with different skills contribute? How can the field experts and the game developers somehow work together?
It is easy to get lost in the field of game design and development: here I try to keep the focus on the projects I worked on as real world examples that should help in keeping things manageable.
Some of the questions that I try to (partially) answer along the way are:
How to use games to approach complexity and learning?
How can games be used for learning and teaching?
And why should one use games for that?
Any examples? What is the state of the art?
What is required for creating a game? Which expertise, tools?
How is the process managed? How are results measured?
How can I learn more beyond this book?
The book will be progressively released on LeanPub, which is a wonderful platform for collecting early feedback on the writing process.