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Making Games: Developing games authoring software for educational and creative use

Project Manager
Caroline Pelletier

Project Leaders
David Buckingham
Andrew Burn

Project Details
This project is an R&D collaboration with Immersive Education and is funded by the Paccit Link programme for three years (2003-2006)

Project Web Site

digital games, media literacy, gender


The aim of this project is to develop a pre-competitive prototype software environment for the authoring of computer games by young people, and research its design, uses and benefits.

Research objectives
The project will produce:

  • a game authoring tool within a 3-D environment, allowing children to design their own roleplaying and action adventure games;
  • A model of game literacy, involving both critical analysis and creative production of game designs;
  • A pedagogic model, which identifies how game design is taught and learnt, both formally, in schools, and informally, in clubs and homes; and
  • A model for industrial design incorporating participatory design with children.

Research Questions

  • How might a 'game-literacy' be described, in terms both of playing and authoring; and what pedagogies would promote it? What would be the benefits of catering for such a literacy for girls; and for young people with print-literacy problems?
  • How does the experience of game authoring help to develop 'game literacy'? How might it extend the interactivity of gaming, and what new possibilities for cultural expression might it provide?
  • What forms of user involvement enhance the design process in the case of children's technology?

Media coverage of this project

'Computer games should be taught in schools'. Evening Standard 26 Oct
Computer games 'can help children learn'. Guardian 27 October
Teach computer games, schools urged. Press Association 26 Oct
Teach computer games, schools urged. Scotsman Online 26 Oct
Teach computer games, schools urged. Tiscali News online 26 Oct
Teach computer games, schools urged. This is Leicestershire 27 Oct
Games industry welcomes education research report. Cubed Online 27 Oct
Teach computer games, schools told. Metro London 27 October
Computer games good for children. Birmingham Post 27 oct
Games call for schools. Shropshire Star (series) 27 October
Games 'deserve a place in class'. BBC News Online 26 October
Vid games good for study. The Sun 27 October
Research ginds games beneficial for kids. EEG News - - 27 October
Schools urged to teach computer games. Manchester Online 27 October
Call for hi-tech games in lessons. Wolverhampton edition Express and Star 27 Oct
Call for hi-tech games in lessons. Walsall Edition Express & Star. 27 oct
Lara Croft can help our kids to mingle. Liverpool Daily Post (Welsh edition). 27 October
Key lessons. Aberdeen Press & Journal series. 27 Oct
Computer games in class 'good for children's development'. Nuneaton Evening telegraph 28 Oct
Computer games in class 'good for children's development'. Coventry Evening telegraph 28 Oct
Games are good for children. MCV 29 Oct
Let the games begin .. at last! Daily Mirror 30 Oct
Games for developing minds. 3 Nov
Teach computer games at school. Derby Evening telegraph 3 November
Gaming as a force for good. Sunday Times 7 Nov
IT expert logs on to aid pupils. South Wales Evening Post, 1 Nov
Computer games good for you! Heartland Evening News, 4 Nov
Pupils can learn from the games. Crosby Herald 11 Nov
Computer games are learning tools. South Liverpool Merseymart 25 Nov
Computer games A subject for schools. Computer Buyer Jan 2005
Playing games. Junior Education December 2004
Edge Magazine Christmas 2004
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