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A Serious Approach to Games

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Coventry University in the United Kingdom has opened the Serious Games Institute (SGI), a new program designed to develop hardware and software applications that are intended for games that focus on purposes other than entertainment. "With electronic games becoming a universal tool for learning and skills development, SGI's purpose is to contribute to the social and economic wealth of the West Midlands (UK) and the global community by serving as an international center of excellence for the serious application of electronic games and virtual world technologies," says SGI director David Wortley. Wortley says the field is a growing area that will evolve to include interface and display technologies, artificial intelligence, and social sciences. The SGI program is intended to help international students obtain a thorough understanding of the technologies and design processes that propel developments in multimedia computing, games technology, digital entertainment, and creative computing. Wortley says the two biggest challenges in the field are rapidly changing technologies and the acceptance of electronic games as a serious discipline.

From The Times of India
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