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Chapter 19. Serious Games

Like any other form of art, games are good for more than just pure entertainment. For a moment, think of books. They convey information, educate, persuade, and provide a call to action among other things. Games whose primary purpose goes beyond entertainment are called “serious games,” a term the game industry and even serious game makers use with something less than enthusiasm.

Why “serious games” then? For starters, to some, the term “games” implies that the topic has a degree of triviality. Games, they think, are fun and something we do purely to entertain ourselves. Unless preceded by the term “war,” people rarely think of games as useful for any particular purpose. When attempting to sell games as a persuasive medium, ...

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