Questions to ask before you begin the game creation process:
What is the learning objective?
Based on the learning objective, what game type is appropriate?
What structure is necessary for the game?
How is performance measured/tracked?
What are the rewards and intended results?
What games are best for your training?
Design games that tap into the needs of your learners with styles that best fit your training content. If you want your learners to understand:
Facts (policies, product specifications, laws)
Learn Best Using: Questions, memorization, association, drill
Game Types: Competitions, flash cards, sports games
Skills (interviewing, teaching, selling, running a machine, project management)
Learn Best Using: Imitation, feedback, coaching, continuous practice, increasing challenge
Game Types: Persistent state games, role-play games, adventure games,
Judgment (management decisions, timing, ethics, hiring)
Learn Best Using: Reviewing cases, asking questions, making choices (practice), feedback, coaching
Game Types: Role-play games, adventure games, detective games, strategy games
Theories (marketing rationales, how people learn)
Learn Best Using: Logic, experimentation, questioning
Game Types: Open-ended simulation games, building games, constructing games, reality testing games
Reasoning (strategic and tactical thinking, quality analysis)
Learn Best Using: Problems, examples
Game Types: Puzzles
Procedures (assembly, bank teller, legal)
Learn Best Using: Imitation, practice
Game Types: Timed games, reflex games, role-play games, simulation
Language (foreign languages, business or industry jargon)
Learn Best Using: Imitation, continuous practice, immersion
Game Types: Role-play games, reflex games, flash card games
- Game show competitions
- Flash card games
- Role-play games
- Detective games
- Timed games
- Reflex games
- (Controlled) simulation games