Faculty Advisor

Robert W. Lindeman

Faculty Advisor

Mark Claypool

Faculty Advisor

Dean O'Donnell

Identifier

etd-050415-150927

Abstract

The tremendous growth in the serious games market presents the opportunity to help people learn through playing games. Defying Disaster is a 2D side scroller serious game designed to teach people how to prepare for and handle an earthquake. Players do a series of mini games that provide earthquake survival tips while interacting with a larger world after an earthquake disaster. An evaluation with thirty people compared learning disaster knowledge through reading materials versus playing games. The results show people learn better through playing Defying Disaster than reading materials.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Interactive Media and Game Development

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2015-05-04

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

earthquake, disaster, serious game, video games

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