Serious game development methodology with system and human oriented approach

Çaplı, Levent Berke
Serious games are on the rise as a new and motivating education and training method. This rise is being supported by serious games’ ability to address individuals of all ages from many sectors. Although the game and education industries have established standards based on lessons learned, this is lacking for serious games. Considering the hybrid nature, it can be seen that there are many possible approaches for designing and developing serious games. It is possible to take elements form both simulation as well as game development approach. When available resources on development are examined, an invisible divide can be observed between design approaches. While one side of this division follows a functional system approach, the other side adopts a human motivational oriented approach. This study is designed around the research question if these two approaches can be combined. In order to answer this question, best practices and expert opinions are evaluated, similarities and differences between them are analysed by presenting different approaches. Aim of this thesis is to introduce a new serious game development methodology that covers game, system and people-oriented approaches. In order to understand the real life application of this methodology case studies were used for verification and validation. In addition, this study aims to provide a guide for serious game developers, which includes definitions, best practices, common problems and development processes. This study will be a significant endeavour to provide critical guidance for serious game developers and provide methods of improvements to a growing sector’s development process.
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L. B. Çaplı, “Serious game development methodology with system and human oriented approach,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2019.