The third edition of the biennial Games Xchange, co-organised by the Civil Service College (CSC) and the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI), was held on 1 and 2 November 2018 at LLI. Aside from first-time partners like LLI, SCS Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Chapter and Singapore Cybersports & Online Gaming Association, a number of international speakers also specially flew in to share their views and insights on the serious games landscape.
The two-day event featuring different sessions – big and small, international and local – provided platforms for attendees to discuss and explore solutions to complex challenges in our society. Peter Ho, Senior Fellow of the CSC and former Head of Civil Service, talked about trends and the importance of collaboration in the serious games domain, while Health Promotion Board (HPB) Chief Executive Officer Zee Yoong Kang shared HPB’s successful experience in applying gamification to encourage over a million citizens to be more physically active.
Keynote speakers John Hunter of the World Peace Game Foundation and Martin Hoon from NetDragon also spoke at length about how World Peace Game’s model helped to create space for 21st century critical thinking and NetDragon’s forage into machine learning and artificial intelligence assisted teaching in China, respectively. Internationally recognised gamification expert Yu-Kai Chou also took the opportunity to remind all to always prioritise human-focused design over function-focused design.
Besides engaging presentations, there were also thought-provoking questions and healthy debates throughout the event, enriching participants’ perspectives about design for both serious and casual games. Games Xchange 2018 left participants looking forward to the next edition.