Thursday, September 5, 2013

Student Serious Games Awards Winners @ Serious Play 2013


USC Student’s Education Game Named Best of Show At 2013 International Serious Play Competition 


LOS ANGELES – Aug. 30, 2013Covalence, an educational Serious Game created by Jason Mathias, a student at USC, won Best of Show in the student competition of the 2013 International Serious Play Awards

Covalence attempts to teach players about the covalent compounds, which is a strand of science taught at GCSE-level.

Six other student games were awarded medals.  The awards, announced at the 2013 Serious Play Conference at DigiPen Institute of Technology honor exceptional examples of Serious Games created by students for corporate, healthcare, education or games for good segments. 

Gold Medal Winners:
                                                                                                   
·         Covalence,  Jason Mathias, USC  (Education)
·         Zombie Yoga, Lab 707, DePaul University (Healthcare/Medical)

 Silver Medal Winners:

·         The Rig, Frozen Summer Studios, Frozen Summer Studios, University of Abertay, Dundee, UK (Business)
·         An Occurrence at Owl Creek, James Earl Cox III, Miami University, Ohio  (Education)

Bronze Medal Winners:

·         Cell Motus, Cássio Felipe Fernandes de Oliveira and Liam Appelbe, Bioinformatics Institute (Education)
·         The Ramayana Re-Imaginator, Kedar Reddy, Sujay Narayan, USC (Games for Good)
·         IT Security Awareness Game, adidas AG & Zone 2 Connect (Education)

“We are always excited with the student entries, but this year’s winners were the most impressive yet,” Sue Bohle, executive director, Serious Games Association, said. “The qualities of these titles are a strong indicator of the increased emphasis educators are placing on serious game development and the bright futures that await these students.” 

For more information on the awards competition, go to http://www.seriousplayconference.com/