GameDays 2011

September 2011

GameDays 2011


By Viktor Wendel

On behalf of the GameDays organizers, we wish to provide a report of the seventh GameDays, which have been held at September 12-13 at the Darmstadtium, the congress center of Darmstadt.

The GameDays are initiated and organized by Dr. Stefan Göbel, head of the Serious Gaming at the Multimedia Communications Lab at TU Darmstadt and take place as "Science meets Business" event in the field of Serious Games on an annual basis since 2005 in cooperation with Hessen-IT and other partners from science and industry.

Similar to 2010, the first day has been held as Int'l Conference focusing on "Serious Games - Theory, Technology & Practice" and was co-chaired by Prof. Dr. Josef Wiemeyer (TU Darmstadt, Institute for Sport Science). Altogether, 22 paper contributions have been submitted to the Int'l Scientific Committee and have been reviewed by at least five reviewers per paper. 11 papers have been accepted for the Conference Proceedings as full paper, another 6 as short, demo or poster presentation. Further, 6 papers (acceptance rate < 30%) have been selected for additional publishing as special issue on Serious Games within the Int'l Journal of Computer Science and Sports. The contributions and presentations have been clustered into the sessions "Educational Games", "Training Programs and Games for Health", and "Theory, Technology and Best Practice". Key notes have been provided by Patrick Felicia, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland about Game-based Learning - Status Quo and Quo Vadis and Roman Schönsee, Ranj Serious Games about Remedial Games - Tools for Therapy. The Conference brought together more than 100 participants - around 80% scientists - from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Denmark and Hong Kong.

Stefan Goebel, Ruth Lemmen, Jörg Müller-Lietzkow, Georg Matzner, and Florian Stadlbauer; not in picture: Anja Herdel, Ralf Steinmetz

Highlights of the second day with about 150 participants included presentations about best practice examples for Serious Games in the fields of training and simulation (police training "ViPol" by TriCat) and games for health (AD(H)S game "Dr. Bonneys Zappelix Zaubert" by MultiMediaManufaktur), both games have been awarded with the Serious Games Award in silver at the Serious Games Conferences in 2010 resp. 2011. Further, the status quo of Serious Games has been discussed at a podium discussion with members of academia (Prof. Jörg Müller-Lietzkow, University of Paderborn and Prof. Ralf Steinmetz, TU Darmstadt), industry (Florian Stadlbauer, Deck13, Anja Herdel, Darmstadt Marketing and Ruth Lemmen, BIU - the german association for interactive entertainment industries) and state government (Georg Matzner, Hessian Ministry for economy, transport and state development).

In addition to the Science meets Business talks, the Games Park providing >30 demos of Serious Games (ranging from commercial titles to research prototypes and a few poster presentations) addressing the societal relevant domains education, learning and training as well as sports and health plus two examples the use of Serious Games for - scientifically sound - marketing and advertisement.

GameDays visitors playing one of the games on exhibition, a game for playful rehabilitation

Further info about the GameDays 2011, its program, exhibits etc. is available at

The GameDays 2012 will take place at TU Darmstadt at September 18-20.

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