Game World

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0157
Agency Tracking Number: 07SB2-0221
Amount: $98,982.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: SB072-012
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
301 East Carrillo Street 2FL, P. O. Box 519, Santa Barbara, CA, 93102
DUNS: 053859526
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tricia Mautone
 Senior Scientist
 (805) 966-6157
Business Contact
 Douglas Harris
Title: Chairman
Phone: (805) 966-6157
Research Institution
In spite of the growing interest in developing games designed to target specific instructional objectives, and recent improvements accessibility of gaming technology, designing a game from scratch is still an expensive and time consuming endeavor, particularly for non-programmers working on a limited budget. Furthermore, there are few guidelines about how to design a game that is both fun and has learning value. If the promise of game-based instruction is to be fully met, we need to develop a game design system that provides instructors with the necessary tools to design, create, and evaluate effective instructional games. The primary objective of Phase I will be to analyze the feasibility of developing a web-based system that (1) guides instructors through the game design process and provides a set of empirically-based guidelines that aid in the selection of effective game element variations; (2) takes the game element selection input and interfaces with game engines to create a game; and (3) provides a means to evaluate the learning values of the created games. The long-term goal is to develop a system that enables instructors with little programming experience to design, implement, and assess simple, but effective games in an informed and time/cost-effective manner.

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