Pick n’ Mix Learning

I’ve always said that games are not the silver bullet, they are not the solution to all your training needs, however they are an important piece of the puzzle. This ‘sweet’ little infographic from team PIXEL highlights how games are just part of the overall training ecosystem.


Why are games good for learning?

Ever wondered what all the fuss is about around serious games? Take a look at the infographic below for an overview of why games are good for learning.

The Gaming Landscape

A critical component of my job is to be able to see my designs from another person’s point of view; someone who doesn’t play games and who doesn’t necessarily understand the rules and expected behaviours of games. It’s important I don’t fall into the trap of believing everyone see’s the world as I do. It’s also part of my job to explain games to non gamers and therefore promote the benefits of serious games. Often the first level of challenge I come across is a belief that a game is a game. Of course those of us in the industry know there are many genres of games, each with its own Read more of this post

Vive la Revolution! Quitting Sitting is on a role!

Vive la Revolution!

Vicky has joined the Sitting Quitting campaign and made herself a standing desk too!

Bar stools seem to be next on the agenda as the old legs aren’t used to this much standing, it would be nice to take the weight off every now and again.

More updates to come soon!

Quitting Sitting

Today I have taken what I hope to be a critical step to a more healthy work environment; I am quitting sitting! For years I have suffered with a bad back and after my last ‘episode’ I couldn’t sit at all, I had to stand and I must say it really helped! But old habits die hard and after the agony had subsided I returned to my evil temptress of a chair, with all its ergonomic settings! Curse those false idols! But after reading Kirk Hamilton’s account of playing games standing up this reminded me of how great it was to stand! After you overcome all the funny looks you get from your colleagues that is 😉

Anyway this post isn’t anything to do with serious games but it may well be a shift into a healthier office as Vicky Rose may well be joining the standing revolution any day now! We all have to work and more and more research is being published about how sitting is killing us. We’re not designed to be in that position all day, so my trusty xbox 360 box, an acer laptop box, and a box full of cables have become my new standing desk! Hey I said the post wasn’t about serious games, but I had to get some technology in somehow!

I’ll try to post a few updates and perhaps some pics of our Heath Robinson inspired contraptions soon and if you have a home made standing desk why not post your pics too!

Join the standing revolution and quit sitting!


A little interview with Human Value International

Came across this little interview I did a while back for Human Value International and thought I’d share it with our readers! It covers some of the key questions about serious games such as the what, why and hows of the industry.

1. Would you present yourself in shortly to our audience (profile, organisation)?
PIXELearning is a world-leading provider of immersive learning simulations and ‘Serious Games’ for organisational learning and development, business education and marketing communications. PIXELearning combines technology, the creative arts and, most importantly, an understanding of how people really learn in 21st century society.

The company was established in 2002 specifically to provide eLearning experiences which are designed, from the ground up, using game-based approaches and technologies.
The company’s ethos is that technology is best used in a learning context when it allows people to communicate, collaborate, share ideas and knowledge and, apply information and theory in a safe but realistic simulation of real life situations.

PIXELearning have worked on a vast array of projects with a varied user base such as Read more of this post

Connectivity, Mobile & Serious Games

So this morning while I was sipping my first cup of coffee I sat back and watched a film about Spectrum Crunch. I thought that sounds like an interesting problem for the future but not something that’s going to directly affect me. But then the narrator said something that made me sit up and take note; AT&T claim we are going to run out of spectrum by 2014… That’s only a Read more of this post