E3 2012: A short round-up of what you need to know

E3 was held a few weeks back and showcases the most innovative technology in gaming and is often thought as the most important event in the games industry calendar. So here’s a round-up of all you need to know and how it could affect the serious games industry.

More player control

A common theme in many of the games show cased at E3 this year is the ability to choose your own path. Many games from Dishonoured, Watch Dogs, and The Last of Us showed this mechanic within their game play giving the player a choice to assassinate an enemy in a stealthy way or maybe not kill them at all. This gives the games more replay ability and gives players a chance to choose the path they want to. This shows how consumers want to be able to work through a game how they want to seeming to make their own decisions. This is something that serious games have already emulated; many strive to show the impact of the player’s decisions in simulations, showing the effects of their choices. This just shows how games are Read more of this post

Challenging Ourselves to Design and Build a Serious Game in under 8 hours!

We often hear about hackathons and codeathons, times when very talented people get together to really challenge themselves, but having never taken part in one myself,  I’ve always wondered how challenging it would be to put yourself in that situation. So I did, but from a design perspective.

PIXELearning recently attended our belated group Christmas Party, graciously hosted by DLM in London. As well as the company presentations about strategy and operations, team bonding Read more of this post

Innovation In Learning; The Six Sigma Serious Game

For those of you who attended Learning Technologies 2012 and those who didn’t make it! Here is a copy of the presentation by myself and Kate Smith of Capella Associates. Enjoy 🙂

Observations on LwF: So much innovation, so little time!

Our roaming graphical artist/reporter Anna Bailey attended the Learning Without Frontiers conference at the end of January and here she captures some musing of her day there….

Learning without frontiers showed me how things are changing within the classroom due to Leading Innovators within the field.

In my experience teachers have a reluctance to teach using technology. Read more of this post

Come see us at Learning Technologies 2012 stand 57

January 25-26th see’s PIXELearning and Intellego’s first event of the year and it’s gearing up to be one that’s not to be missed.

Learning Technologies is in its 13th year and is one of the leading conferences for learning and emerging technologies in Europe. With a growing number of attendees and exhibitors we have taken this opportunity to get our names and skills back out there in the world of workplace learning.

By attending the conference you will have the opportunity to attend a wide selection of free seminars one of which is being delivered by PIXELearning’s very own Helen Routledge and guest speaker Kate Smith, of Capella Associates. This seminar will look at using serious gaming for Six Sigma training.

When: Wednesday 25th January 2012 at 14.00

Where: Theatre 3

Overview: Our natural tendency when faced with a problem of any description is to try to solve it, leading to changes that either don’t solve the problem or that are not sustainable. Six Sigma helps avoid this by providing a method and a toolset to improve any process in any sector.

What better way is there to raise awareness and capability in Six Sigma to your organisation than by playing an on-line game that engages learners in an exciting case study, reinforces principles, stretches knowledge and provides feedback for CPD planning?

The mechanics and methodology behind the game will be reviewed as we explore this approach for learning and you will hear how this highly effective, low-cost solution for improving performance can be applied in your organisation.

PIXELearning will be at stand 57, showcasing demos and presentations of elearning, serious games and mobile apps.

Together we are building the next generation of digital learning and bring about a step-change in the way organisations and individuals learn, develop and improve.

It would be great to see you there, please drop by the stand for a chat or arrange to meet us there.

You can register to attend the event for free by clicking here: http://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/register-now/

Fancy joining the Autumn Hackathon?

The Autumn Hackathon in partnership with Central Working and Milamber Digital is the first in a series of technology hack days, bringing together developers to pool their talents to create new ideas and applications.

Judges including leading entrepreneurs & developers will be awarding prizes including £2000 worth of legal services from a top technology law firm. Entries will be judged on innovation, commercial potential, usefulness & fun factor. To encourage greater involvement of those in further & higher education, teams are limited to three members but allowed a fourth member who is a full time student. Sign up for two days of coding and creativity with Javascript, JSON and Node.js!

London, 22–23 October 2011

eLearning Innovation Seminar- The Presentations

As promised the presentations from, a very successful seminar if we do say so ourselves, are freely available.

The first presentation you see here is from Andy Hasoon, Director of Strategy for Intellego introduced the Read more of this post