Why Build Learning Games?

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

If you could create any game, what would you make? Would it be a chaotic universe where anyone can be a superhero, an epic intergalactic adventure, or a medieval fantasy world with wizards and dragons? After several years in the games industry, my answer is creating learning games. Though it may not seem obvious at …

Continue Reading

The Balancing Act: Including Others in Your Designs

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

Designers, we are not the only ones with ideas and solutions. There is a careful balance we must maintain between designing features by ourselves and gathering the developer’s ideas and feedback. A game is a bajillion times better when it’s the combination of everyone’s creativity. It’s the kind of thing that’s obvious in theory but …

Continue Reading

Quality Assurance and Learning Games

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

One of the challenges the QA team at Filament faces is that our players are often children and our team is made up of adults. That isn’t a problem when testing a crash or a missing art asset, but it can be when we test the user experience. Here are three things I try to keep …

Continue Reading

A Case For Learning Games: Measurable Results Seen Playing Backyard Engineers

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

Together with physical classroom activities, learning games afford students a more comprehensive view of classroom materials and a more dynamic classroom experience. Learning games can teach students about dynamic content in ways textbooks cannot. Using Filament Games, students can explore organ systems, travel through the body as a cell, and watch plants grow and bloom …

Continue Reading

A-Games Study: How Teachers Use Digital Learning Games

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

Game-based learning is rich with opportunities that enhance the student experience while helping teachers solve classroom challenges. A recent study by the A-Games project (Analyzing Games for Assessment in Math, ELA/ Social Studies, and Science) shed light on game usage in the classroom – including how teachers are using games as formative assessment tools. More than …

Continue Reading

Cool Choices: Game-Based Learning Benefits Adults

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

Classrooms around the country use game-based learning to improve academic achievement, enhance curriculum, and foster self-guided learning. Numerous recent studies have reinforced the efficacy of game-based learning and the positive impacts it has on the today’s students. What may not be as apparent are the benefits of game-based learning for adults. Keeping in mind that …

Continue Reading

Filament Games Team Inspires Girl Scouts to Code

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

Check out our working avatar creator here! We have a soft spot in our hearts for kids who are interested in learning about programming and game development, and we make it a part of our mission to look for opportunities to give back to our community. In December, Filament Games was invited to participate in …

Continue Reading

Research Roundup: Studies Support Game-Based Learning

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

In the past decade, there has been a substantial amount of research on learning games. Some researchers have recently completed meta-analyses pulling all of the evidence together to see what conclusions are emerging so far. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center has also completed a survey of 694 K-8 teachers focusing on digital games in the classroom. …

Continue Reading