Digital Serious Games (SG) enable new types of interactions that can be intensively exploited to enhance individual capacities and the performance of organizations. SG applications are complex interactive real-time systems that require extensive technical expertise, as well as significant financial resources.
The DESiG project philosophy translates into an innovative approach to SG development that integrates technical and pedagogical constructs, as well as communication with external applications (e.g.LMS) into a user-friendly one-stop solution that covers all the key requirements necessary to easily create learning-oriented games. This initiative implements a component-based development approach that considered certified standards such as Web Services, SCORM object model, Experience API, which enables the creation of serious games customizable for the key market sectors targeted by the consortium, respectively education, business and public administration.
Figure 1. DESiG Conceptual Framework
The DESiG consortium consists of four partners, respectively two innovative enterprises (Advanced Technology Systems that focuses on the development and integration of software systems using cutting-edge technologies, SOFTWIN - one of the leader providers of educational applications at national and international level), one highly recognised university (Carol I National University of Defence - a promoter and implementer of innovative educational methods), and the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics - with an experience of over 40 years in the ICT field, the most important institute for research and development in information and communications technology in Romania. The project is supported by the Serious Games Institute - Prof.Dr. Sara de Freitas, and by Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Prof.Dr.Baltasar Fernández Manjón.
Serious Games Institute (SGI), the international centre for excellence in Serious Games applied research, a joint venture between Coventry University and Advantage West Midlands, under the coordination of Prof.Dr. Sara de Freitas (Fig. 3). SGI Letter of support).
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Departamento de Sistemas Informáticos y Programación, under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Baltasar Fernández Manjón. The e-UCM Group has extensive expertise in the field of serious games, being the developers of the eAdventure Platform