Play to learn: the impact of serious games

Can you tell your FCA from your CFA? Or your Deductible from your Retention? The financial sector is plagued by acronyms and TLAs* but help may be at hand.

*(three letter abbreviations)

If you were at Amuzo MD Mike Hawkyard’s presentation at LT 15 you will recall the conception of an idea for a new learning game to provide a fun way to learn the jargon that is so prevalent in business and particularly in financial services. In this, the first of a series of blogs, we will keep you informed of progress as the idea is transformed into a “serious” game.

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Now, you’re probably thinking serious games, isn’t that a contradiction of terms? Surely games should be fun? And of course they should be!

Amuzo’s entire ethos revolves around ‘fun first.’ As a game studio full of big kids, having fun comes naturally. However, they recognise how easy it is in the fast-paced, high-stress environment of the corporate world that a lot of the time fun can take a back seat. Our aim is to bring innovative thinking to workplaces to make internal staff training engaging, effective and first and foremost fun.

Serious games work as a powerful teaching tool because they encourage the persistence required for effective learning. Games have the rare ability to translate failure into a positive. It is inevitable you will fail in a game, however this is not seen as an obstacle but rather a reason to try again.

Plus, many key features of games such as point systems, rewards and leaderboards can be replicated in an educational context to account for different people’s motivations.

In the following weeks we’ll be working closely with Amuzo to develop a game with the purpose of teaching people the meaning of abbreviations. Every industry has its own set of abbreviations that staff need to learn, our mission it to prove understanding what they all mean can be a fun experience rather than a list-learning exercise.

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This blog post is the first in a series that will follow the entire game development process, from the proposal all the way through to the finished product.

You can also follow the game’s progress on:
Twitter:  @UnicornTraining / @AmuzoGames using the hashtag #P2L
Facebook: Unicorn / Amuzo

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