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Serious Games And Simulations: Theories and Applications
Computer Education and Instructional Technology
Pagulayan, R. J., Keeker, K., Wixon, D., Romero, R. L., & Fuller, T. (2003). User-centered design in games.
Pagulayan, R. J., Keeker, K., Wixon, D., Romero, R. L., & Fuller, T. (2003). User-centered design in games.
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◄ Design Documents of Commercial Games
Please Read - Submitting your reflections
Guidelines for Reflective Journals
APA Academic Writing Guide
Digiplay in Endnote Format
Serious Games Classification
MIT - Games to teach
Educational Game Examples
Educational Games List
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Simulations and Games Overwiew Map (GIF format)
The Video Game Revolution (Video)
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Design Documents of Commercial Games
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