Content Integration in Games-Based Learning Systems

Content Integration in Games-Based Learning Systems

Marco A. Gómez-Martín (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain), Pedro P. Gómez-Martín (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain) and Pedro A. González-Calero (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-360-9.ch005
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A key challenge to move forward the state of the art in games-based learning systems is to facilitate instructional content creation by the domain experts. Several decades of research on computer aided instruction have demonstrated that the expert has to be deeply involved in the content creation process, and that is why so much effort has been devoted to building authoring tools of all kinds. However, using videogame technology to support computer aided instruction poses some new challenges on expertfriendly authoring tools, related to technical and cost issues. In this chapter the authors present the state of the art in content creation for games-based learning systems, identifying the main challenges to make this technology cost-effective from the content creation point of view.
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Content Creation In Videogames

Video game content may be divided roughly in two different groups: assets and behaviours. The term assets usually denotes those elements that go into a game, such as the artwork (textures and 3D models), sound effects, music, and, generally speaking, every object that is presented to the user. On the other hand, the way in which the objects behave constitutes the second kind of content and is sometimes referred to as dynamic content. Both kinds of content are usually handmade, therefore their cost constitutes an important part of the game budget. To compound matters, the situation is getting harder, because of the ever growing hardware capabilities that allow video games to present more and more objects with higher resolutions, and therefore requires more and more people involved in the creation of all this content.

The creation of assets involves artists using tools such as 3D StudioTM, MayaTM and PhotoshopTM to generate 3D models and textures. Depending on the game, the amount of this content varies from just a few models to several Gigabytes of stored files (Gillen 2005). In order to alleviate the cost, some effort has been made to create algorithms that build part of them procedurally. Procedural content generation was used by early games as the only way to fit vast amounts of data onto the small mediums available at that time. Nowadays the goal is not just to save disk space but also man power and therefore budget. Examples of assets procedurally generated are textures, terrains or trees; recent developments like Spore are also exploring dynamically generated animations, and Diablo III, Hellgate: London or Borderlands have random level generation.

On the other side, behaviours constitute the dynamic part of the game, because they define what players can do with the objects in the environment and how they react to their actions. These behaviours are usually created by AI and script programmers.

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Thomas Connolly, Mark Stansfield, Liz Boyle
Chapter 1
Stephen Tang, Martin Hanneghan, Abdennour El Rhalibi
Games-based learning takes advantage of gaming technologies to create a fun, motivating, and interactive virtual learning environment that promotes... Sample PDF
Introduction to Games-Based Learning
Chapter 2
Nicola Whitton
This chapter examines the rationale for the use of computer games in learning, teaching, and assessment in Higher Education. It considers their... Sample PDF
Learning and Teaching with Computer Games in Higher Education
Chapter 3
Daniel Livingstone, Jeremy Kemp, Edmund Edgar, Chris Surridge, Peter Bloomfield
Alongside the growth of interest in Games-Based Learning, there has been a notable explosion of interest in the use of 3D graphical multi-user... Sample PDF
Multi-User Virtual Environments for Learning Meet Learning Management
Chapter 4
Jean-Charles Marty, Thibault Carron, Jean-Mathias Heraud
In this chapter, the authors propose a Game-Based LMS called the pedagogical dungeon equipped with cooperation abilities for particular activities.... Sample PDF
Observation as a Requisite for Game-Based Learning Environments
Chapter 5
Marco A. Gómez-Martín, Pedro P. Gómez-Martín, Pedro A. González-Calero
A key challenge to move forward the state of the art in games-based learning systems is to facilitate instructional content creation by the domain... Sample PDF
Content Integration in Games-Based Learning Systems
Chapter 6
Matt Seeney, Helen Routledge
One of the most important differentiators between Commercial Games and Serious Games is content; delivered in a way that is successfully integrated... Sample PDF
Drawing Circles in the Sand: Integrating Content into Serious Games
Chapter 7
Mark McMahon
This chapter proposes a document-oriented instructional design model to inform the development of serious games. The model has key features in that... Sample PDF
The DODDEL Model: A Flexible Document-Oriented Model for the Design of Serious Games
Chapter 8
Daniel Burgos, Christof van Nimwegen
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Games-Based Learning, Destination Feedback and Adaptation: A Case Study of an Educational Planning Simulation
Chapter 9
Patrick Felicia, Ian Pitt
For a long time, users’ emotions and behaviours have been considered to obstruct rather than to help the cognitive process. Educational systems have... Sample PDF
Profiling Users in Educational Games
Chapter 10
Marco Greco
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The Use of Role–Playing in Learning
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Telling Stories with Digital Board Games: Narrative Game Worlds in Literacies Learning
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The Path between Pedagogy and Technology: Establishing a Theoretical Basis for the Development of Educational Game Environments
Chapter 13
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This chapter reviews some of the key research supporting the use of serious games for training in work contexts. The review indicates why serious... Sample PDF
Towards a Development Approach to Serious Games
Chapter 14
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Despite scant empirical substantiation, serious games are in widespread use. The authors review 28 studies with empirical data from a learning... Sample PDF
Current Practices in Serious Game Research: A Review from a Learning Outcomes Perspective
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Towards the Development of a Games-Based Learning Evaluation Framework
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Helen Routledge
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Games-Based Learning in the Classroom and How it can Work!
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Games for Learning: Does Gender Make a Difference?
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