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Serious Games' funded in Singapore

Ross O. Storey | March 3, 2010
The Media Development Authority (MDA) stimulates game development for learning.

SINGAPORE, 3 MARCH 2010 - Eight projects will receive a total of S$1.5 million (US$1.07 million) from the MDA in Singapore to stimulate the development of serious' computer games for learning.

The projects are from sectors such as education, finance, tourism and hospitality where the MDA believes the use of games in pedagogically designed scenarios, can enhance learning, training and teaching.

The winning projects, which stem from a call for proposals in October 2009, are the 3D Online Virtual Tourism World, by 3rd Planet, Power to the People by Amdon Consulting, TANDEM by Eyepower Games, Bao Bao Tang by Investor Central, a Hotel Management Simulation Game by NBDA Asia, 8Fun by Portege, Languages around the World by SBA Mobile Solutions and Erika Knows Green by Skyvu Pictures.

Education in Singapore has attained a strong branding and reputation, said Dr Christopher Chia, chief executive officer of MDA. The speed at which the Media in Learning initiative has moved is a sign of the potential of this sector and the rich possibilities of media as a transformational tool in other sectors.

We hope to see more of Singapore's media companies taking on this opportunity to explore the use of media in this sector.

Further grants

MDA has announced it will launch a second call for proposals, this time, inviting companies to submit proposals on innovative applications using Interactive Digital Media in eLearning, Publishing, Broadcasting, Animation and Games, for the purpose of Learning, Training and Education. The closing date for proposals is 27 May 2010.

The authority has also announced that the Media in Learning ecosystem will be enhanced with collaborations with two institutes of higher learning, Singapore Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic.

Singapore Polytechnic will establish a Games-inPage learning resource centre that houses toolkits, software and facilities for the game and education industry. The centre will provide game developers and the industry with critical tools and resources to develop serious games, and drive business transformation through collaborative projects and deployments.

Republic Polytechnic will engage pedagogical consultants from the UK specialising in serious games, to help the institute bridge requirements between game developers and educationalists and teachers.

 

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