In a streaming video webcast to be broadcast
in association with Gamasutra on Tuesday, August 19th, HP and Intel are hosting a talk given by 'serious games' expert Peter Smith, discussing the state of games with social or educational messages, and profiling the educational MMOG Lunar Quest
Smith, who is a Research Associate at the University of Central Florida's Institute for Simulation and Training, is currently working on multiple proejcts, including Lunar Quest
, which is described as
"...a National Science Foundation-funded project that seeks to examine the effectiveness of a massively multiplayer game for teaching introductory physics."
Also speaking on the webcast will be John Newman, who currently works with U.S. Military Simulation and Training accounts as a Workstation Specialist for HP.
According to the information for this sponsored webcast: "In this live webinar, Peter Smith, a Serious Games researcher, will provide an overview of the Serious Games industry and the Taxonomy of Serious Games. He will then delve into a specific case study of a Serious Game, the educational MMOG Lunar Quest
, and the underlying technology used to build it."
The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A, allowing Gamasutra readers to quiz Smith on aspects of the educational MMO's development and the state of serious games.
Full information and sign-up specifics for the streaming video session, which will take place on Tuesday, August 19th at 11am PDT, are available at the official webcast site
. The session will be available for viewing on-demand following the live event.