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GDC Radio: 'Can Serious Games Work in 45 Minutes?'

In this free MP3 download from the extensive GDCRadio.net archives, we present a lecture from the 2006 Serious Games Summit, in which two noted scholars discuss the potential for shortening a serious game's length to accommodate a student's time in the cl

Frank Cifaldi, Contributor

July 13, 2006

2 Min Read

Gamasutra is proud to present a series of weekly podcasts will alternate between two sources under the overarching GDC Radio brand - the Gamasutra podcast, a new original podcast show, and GDC Radio Archives, which will feature exclusively the best lectures, tutorials, and roundtables from this and previous years' Game Developers Conference. Today's GDC Radio lecture comes from our extensive archive of Game Developers Conference recordings. This week, we take a trip to the 2006 Serious Games Summit for a panel titled 'Can Serious Games Work in 45 Minutes?,' featuring University of California, Irvine's Bill Tomlinson and M.I.T.'s Eric Klopfer discussing the potential for shortening a serious game's length to accomodate a student's time in the classroom, as elaborated on in this official panel description: " The average K-12 class is 45-minutes long. The average college class is 60-minutes. Even if there are longer sessions planned most commercial games easily outstrip the allotted time two to three class sessions provide. This begs the question of how do games and class structures adapt to one another. The options include games that work in small bites, changing the nature of class structures, building supporting tools to aide in-class use, and more. This panel debates some of the critical issues in an attempt to outline 5-10 critical recommendations to schools, developers, and the serious games community at large, as it relates to this proverbial square peg in round hole issue." You can now read more information on the podcast and click through to download this week's installment (no registration required, please feel free to link to this feature from external websites). You can subscribe to GDCRadio.net podcasts using iTunes and searching the directory for GDC Radio or by clicking this link. You can manually subscribe to our feed in your favorite RSS reader that supports enclosures by using this URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/GDCRadio.

About the Author(s)

Frank Cifaldi


Frank Cifaldi is a freelance writer and contributing news editor at Gamasutra. His past credentials include being senior editor at 1UP.com, editorial director and community manager for Turner Broadcasting's GameTap games-on-demand service, and a contributing author to publications that include Edge, Wired, Nintendo Official Magazine UK and GamesIndustry.biz, among others. He can be reached at [email protected].

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