A serious games consultancy

Ideation

Game design is a science, not just an art. We approach each game using our unique methodology to ensure results and maximize impact. This means basing our ideas on quantitative and qualitative data, meticulous research, and the principles of participatory design.

 

Qualitative Data

Review of Literature 
Surveys / Focus Groups / Interviews 
Rapid Ethnography 

Design Thinking

User Stories 
Structured Brainstorming 
Pile & Sort 
Custom Exercises

Participatory Design

Inception Workshops
Play Based (e.g. Design Improv) 


EXAMPLE OF IDEATION

We worked with a large VR production company to understand how VR could be used as an intervention in a clinical setting. We started by compiling a comprehensive literature review of similar play-based interventions. Next we worked with hospital staff to create user stories. Finally, we went through a series of structured brainstorms to create the final idea.


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Prototyping

To make a working prototype, we first develop a core mechanic. The core mechanic we design is the beating heart of your serious game. It is the action players will take over and over. When the idea works and is engaging, we build a simple prototype and test it over and over with testers. This is known as rapid iteration.

It’s not done until it creates the desired real world impact, AND is incredibly fun to play.



EXAMPLE OF PROTOTYPING

We worked with the International Federation of The Red Cross Red Crescent Societies to design a playful approach to understanding data around flood resilience. We rapidly prototyped ideas on paper and worked over Skype to playtest them with several Red Cross Red Crescent country teams.



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Full Design

When a prototype is ready, we take it to the next level. This means a fully working version of your serious game. We develop it into its final form while continuing to thoroughly playtest it and vet it with data from those playtests. We are obsessed with data and detail. Here, testing by a statistically significant number of users is our key to success.

Finalizing your serious game

 
  • Manage Quality Control

  • Debug Software

  • Consult On Data Collection & Analysis

  • Finalize Assets

  • Polish UI/UX

  • Test Onboarding

 

EXAMPLE OF FULL DESIGN

We worked with Northeastern University and DARPA to develop an Alternate Reality Game played over Slack and in the real world. The game collected massive amounts of user data for a study on unpredictable and uncertain work environments. Polished video assets, downloadable image assets, and playful UI elements created a multimedia escape room experience hosted by an advanced puzzle-solving AI.


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Research and Analysis

This is a critical step that many serious game developers fail to do. Understanding how to measure results not only allows you to share your success in a clear, compelling way, it yields valuable insights into your users and informs future work.

Our ability to conduct quality research differentiates us from other game designers. Many of our games have been validated by experimental studies. Our network of experts interpret data and make meaningful insights.

Our Network

 
  • Research Scientists 

  • Human-Computer Interaction Experts 

  • Data Analysts 

  • Game Scholars 

  • Industry Experts 

  • Marketing Professionals

 

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