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Dr. Theodore Lim

Narrative Serious Game Mechanics (NSGM) – Insights into the narrative-pedagogical mechanism; Gala Serious Game Mechanics Workshops

Narratives are used to construct and deconstruct the time and space of events. In games, as in real life, narratives add layers of meaning and engage players by enhancing or clarifying content. From an educational perspective, narratives are a semiotic conduit for evoking critical thinking skills and promoting knowledge discovery/acquisition. While narrative is central to Serious Games (SG), the relationships between gameplay, narrative and pedagogy in SG design remain unclear, and narrative’s elemental influence on learning outcomes is not fully understood yet. This paper presents a purpose- processing methodology that aims to support the mapping of SG design patterns and pedagogical practices, allowing designers to create more meaningful SGs. In the case of narrative, the intention is to establish whether Narrative Serious Game Mechanics (NSGM) can provide players with opportunities for reasoning and reflective analysis that may even transcend the game-based learning environment.

Short CV

Dr. Theodore Lim, Heriot-Watt University, UK, is a lecturer in the Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (IMPEE) at Heriot-Watt University. His research covers developing and profiling virtual environments and systems, game-based engineering, neurometrics, knowledge engineering and human factors evaluation. The emphasis is mainly in conceptual design of products and innovative integrated systems. His experience in computational geometry and data logging has seen his automatic feature recognition algorithms and GPU path planning methods commercialised. He is now applying his knowledge and expertise to the domain of engineering learning via game ware for next generation engineering applications. Dr. Lim has been undergraduate and postgraduate course coordinator for Mechanical Engineering and the Engineering Doctorate programme since 2009 and applies games for teaching engineering design and manufacturing.


Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland, UK