The Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Australasia has announced the finalists who will represent maturing nature of the Serious Games industry in Australia.
The six finalists will showcase their serious games in the exhibition space at SimGHOSTs 2018 to be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast on June 28th and 29th 2018, in collaboration with Simulation Australasia and the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH).
Winners will receive instant entry and $2500 financial support from Simulation Australasia to attend and display their game at the global Serious Games Showcase & Challenge held as part of I/ITSEC in Orlando, Florida, November 26th-30th 2018.
The industry finalists include;
Virtual Autism Experience
Opaque Media – www.opaque.media
Designed in conjunction with Amaze, the Virtual Autism Experience (VAE) is an experiential training program that shows the potential experience of a person on the extreme end autism spectrum trying to complete a typical task(supermarket shopping) neurotypicals would take for granted.
Joko’s World: Pocket Planet
Cultural Infusion – culturalinfusion.org.au/
Joko’s World: Pocket Planet is a children’s game that takes the globe and creates an entertaining series of
geographical puzzles. Locate countries, capital cities, flags, famous landmarks and learn about their cultural
significance through games and quizzes.
Lucro Island: Strategic Budgeting
RMIT – www.kilgors.com
Lucro Island is a strategic budgeting simulation that allows management accounting students to compete against each other in real time using their accounting skills as managers of hotels on Lucro Island.
Firefighter Tree Hazard Assessment
Obvious Choice – www.obviouschoice.com.au
Tree Hazard Assessment is a first-person style game which allows firefighters to practice the skill so assessing a forest for hazard trees before, during and after a fire. Hazard trees have caused the death of firefighters in recent years, and this game allows assessment skills to be practiced in a safe and immersive 3d environment.
The indie finalists include;
Cmee4 Productions – www.cmee4.com.au
SimuSurg, developed by Cmee4 Productions for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, simulates a minimally invasive surgical setting to train, and entertain, would be surgeons.
Bilbie Virtual Labs – www.virtualsonglines.org
Virtual Maiwar is an authentic, serious, historical, ecologically accurate and locally relevant cultural role-playing experience that immerses the user into a virtual heritage based landscape. They are challenged to learn about the lives, language, cultural practices and heritage of Australia’s First Nations people, living around what is now known as the Brisbane River.
There is a ‘survival mode’ game, as well the opportunity to learn what bush food to gather, what tools and weapons to craft, where to hunt animals, and how to make shelter, all whilst adhering to the teachings and wisdom of the Elders.
Congratulations to all the finalists in this year’s showcase.