Beyond simulations: serious games for training interpersonal skills in law enforcement

Johannes Maria Linssen, Mariet Theune, Merijn Bruijnes, Thomas de Groot

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    Serious games can be used to improve people’s social awareness by letting them experience difficult social situations and learn from these experiences. However, we assert that, when moving beyond the strict realism that social simulations offer, techniques from role play may be used that offer more possibilities for feedback and reflection. We discuss the design of two such serious games for interpersonal skills training in the domain of law enforcement. These games feature intelligent virtual agents with which trainees have to interact across different scenarios to improve their social awareness. By interacting with the virtual agents, trainees experience how their behaviour influences the course of the intervention and its outcomes. We discuss how we intend to improve the learning experience in these serious games by including meta-techniques from role play. We close by describing the current and future implementations of our serious games.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th annual meeting of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA 2014)
    Place of PublicationBarcelona
    PublisherUniversitat Autonoma de Barcelona
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)not assigned
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014
    Event10th Annual Social Simulation Conference 2014 - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 1 Sep 20145 Sep 2014
    Conference number: 10

    Publication series

    NameEuropean Social Simulation Association
    PublisherUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona


    Conference10th Annual Social Simulation Conference 2014
    Abbreviated titleSSC 2014
    Internet address


    • EWI-25120
    • Serious games
    • Social Simulation
    • IR-93152
    • Role playing games
    • METIS-309591
    • Meta-techniques

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