Balancing fun and learning in a serious game design

Christopher Franzwa, Ying Tang, Aaron Johnson, Talbot Bielefeldt

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This article presents the underlying philosophy of Sustain City, an educational serious game system that engages students, particularly prospective and beginning science and engineering students, in a series of engineering design challenges. Various strategies implemented in Sustain City for achieving a balance of fun and learning are discussed, including narrative-learning synthesis, supplementing the player's actions with feedback, and the development of a sufficient guidance system. The evaluation of Sustain City deployment is also presented. The assessment confirms the values of the serious games in promoting students' interests and learning in STEM fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGamification
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781466682016
ISBN (Print)1466682000, 9781466682009
StatePublished - Mar 31 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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