The First International Conference on Serious Games 2014 is held at the Quest Conference Estate, conveniently located in the business sector of Vanderbijlpark, Vaal Triangle. Only one hour from OR Tambo International. The conference is held on 27th to 29th August 2014.
Serious games can range from actively engaging exergaming and virtual 3D simulations to sit-down computer and video games. Although serious games go further than pure enjoyment, they leverage gaming elements in order to produce learning across in an entertaining fashion. However, a recent meta-analysis and overview on the value of serious games as a learning instrument have stated a lack of empirical and methodical evidence to decisively support the concept of games based knowledge acquirement. Furthermore, we are thriving in an era of pervasive computing where practically any item can serve as a processing device that is connected to vast networks of another computing device. Harnessing this ambient intellect will bring serious games to large amounts of users who would otherwise not be capacitated or aware to enjoy the benefits of games based learning.
Researchers are therefore invited in this exciting field to make use of this conference to share your findings on serious games and their effectiveness with the serious games community.
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