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The Sacrifice – Are you ready to choose who will die next?

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There are lots of resource management games. The plot is usually easy, you have scarce resources so you try, turn by turn, to make your village survive. In these games, players play the good hard-working trustful role of an omnipresent major. You play the hero. But what if besides resources you had to manage… people’s sacrifices? What if you were ... Read More »

GTFO – A Documentary about Online Sexual Harassment in Games

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If you are a woman and you have ever played online games, probably you already know what this article is about. Especially if you are a good player. The documentary GTFO (short for Get The F%ck Out) exposes the harassment that some female gamers, game journalists or game producers, endure in their everyday lives just because they have chosen to be ... Read More »

Oxenfree – When narrative matters in a game

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What if you could play a horror adventure, based on the story of a group of teenagers on a desert island? And what if the desert island also has a former military base? This could seem not very appealing for people interested in Serious Games, but the catch in Oxenfree is its well-constructed story in which you will enjoy meaningful ... Read More »

Using video games for storytelling in fifteen minutes

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‘Thirty flights of loving’ is a first-person narrative game we could define as the result of mixing Monaco and Dear Esther. In fifteen minutes, you get the whole story, about the three main characters involved in an alcohol smuggling operation. Blendo games’ creation is an extraordinary example of how to tell a story by using very little resources – the game ... Read More »

Relive – A Serious Graphic Adventure to Learn CPR

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Some posts ago, we were wondering what if shooter games could save lives. Well, this is not a shooter game, but “Relive” is a sci-fi adventure Serious Same to learn to apply CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) techniques. This game developed by Studio Evil with the help of the expert in CPR Federico Semeraro takes place in a space facility where something ... Read More »

Elegy for a Dead World – Explore your writing skills in this inspiring serious game

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Despite its melancholic name, there’s nothing mournful or sad about Elegy for a Dead World, an inspiring, visually charming serious game to explore your writing creativity and unleash your inner Shakespeare. PopCannibal and Dejobaan Games’ Elegy for a Dead World is a great example of how serious games can fire players’ creativity. In times when games are also valued because ... Read More »

SuperBetter – When Serious Games can Give you a Longer Life

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Serious Game Design has its superstar. If Serious Games were Pop Music, Jane McGonigal would be Madonna! If you still don’t know who Jane is, then you are a lucky one because you can watch her great TED talks for the first time! She speaks about games and how they can make a better world. She has been creating amazing ... Read More »

September 12th: a Toy World – The First Newsgame

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In 2003, Gonzalo Frasca created ‘September 12th: A Toy World’, the first Serious Game to be considered a Newsgame, this means a game with journalistic purposes. This polemical Serious Game aims to create debate around the war against terrorism. However, the game alerts: ‘This is not a game. You can’t win and you can’t lose’. Absolutely true. Since its release, ‘September ... Read More »