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Les utilités du jeu vidéo sérieux : finalités, discours et mises en corrélation

Abstract : Today, serious games offer a great variety of categories and uses. They claim to change the ways we relate to the world as well as to games. To overcome the paradoxes that come out of the opposition between ‘playful’ and ‘serious’ activities, it is preferable to study these new products in terms of utility. This method consists of taking into consideration the viewpoints and particular interests of those who produce them - the senders - and those who use them - the receivers. We found that their goals converge and complement each other most of all in the fields of education and health care while they diverge and shift in journalism, politics, and, most of all, in advertisement. Incidentally, these realities are hidden by the rather totalizing discourses put forward by the promoters of serious games. To overcome the rhetoric used by the actors in this quickly expanding sector, we propose a new definition of serious video games. This definition is based on how video games are utilized and comes to the conclusion that all serious games try to correlate effectively game and reality.
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Etienne Armand Amato. Les utilités du jeu vidéo sérieux : finalités, discours et mises en corrélation. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / Revue Canadienne de l'Apprentissage et de la Technologie, Athabasca University Press, 2011, 37 (2), ⟨10.21432/T25C70⟩. ⟨hal-02363697⟩

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