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Serious Games: Video Games for Good?

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E-Learning and Digital Media Volume 12, Number 1, ISSN 2042-7530


As video games become a ubiquitous part of today's culture internationally, as educators and parents we need to turn our attention to how video games are being understood and used in informal and formal settings. Serious games have developed as a genre of video games marketed for educating youth about a range of world issues. At face value this seems a worthwhile enterprise; however, how is this genre viewed by youth who are immersed in video game culture? This paper explores what can be learned by inviting a group of youth to play and analyze current "serious" games. Key findings include adolescents' comments on how serious games compare to mainstream entertainment-based games and how world issues are represented in games. Implications from this research suggest that serious game designers need to pay attention to the perceptions and experiences of gamers if video games are going to be developed as instructional tools for youth and children.


Sanford, K., Starr, L.J., Merkel, L. & Bonsor Kurki, S. (2015). Serious Games: Video Games for Good?. E-Learning and Digital Media, 12(1), 90-106. Retrieved May 22, 2019 from .

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