This year winners of the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Australasia have been announced, and presented their trophies at SimGHOSTS 2018, a health simulation conference held on the Sunshine Coast.
Each winner will receive instant entry and $2500 financial support from Simulation Australasia to represent Australia at the global Serious Games Showcase & Challenge held at I/ITSEC in Orlando, Florida, November 26th-30th 2018.
Convenor of the SGSCA Dale Linegar said “The winners this year highlight the wide range of ways that serious games are being used in Australia and New Zealand to educate and inform – from teaching young children about geography and culture, to teaching would be surgeons non-invasive surgery.“
The winners included;
2018 Industry Category Winner
Joko’s World: Pocket Planet
Cultural Infusion – https://culturalinfusion.org.au/
Joko’s World: Pocket Planet is a unique game which turns our planet into a puzzle. Playing as Joko, children help find Joko’s missing alien friends that have gotten lost while exploring earth. To find the aliens players can fly around the world, match up countries, race against an alien friend, and solve clues to pin-point the locations of these creatures. Players can collect these creatures and earn stickers for special achievements. It is available on Android and iOS devices.
“This is an incredible honor for Joko’s World: Pocket Planet to be selected as the winner of the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Australasia in the Industry Category. The whole team has worked hard, and are thrilled to receive it. The nominations this year were incredibly strong, and it was a pleasure to interact with everyone and see the other fantastic work at the showcase.”
2018 Indie Catagory Winner
Cmee4 Productions – http://www.cmee4.com.au
The SimuSurg serious game was created with surgeons, for surgeons. Developed in collaboration with the Royal Australasian College of surgeons it simulates minimally invasive surgery and provides an engaging, fun and interactive way to learn about the fundamentals of surgical skills in a gaming environment.
Carolyn Mee, of cmee4 Productions, said “It’s very exciting to have won the Serious Games Showcase and Challenge event for the second time. We’re focused on improving health outcomes using games and this award supports our efforts. We look forward to representing Australia at the international event later in the year.”
SimuSurg guides players through four levels of clinical scenarios designed to deliver progressively challenging tasks in a virtual surgical environment. Players practice instrument familiarization, degrees of movement, movement scaling and cutting and grasping. SimuSurg is available for free on the iOS and Android app stores respectively.
You can learn more about each game by clicking the website link next to each winner, and learn all about the industry behind the awards at Serious Games ANZ.