This project was a true labor of love. Casual games and mini games as part of an educational or training program seem like a no brainer right? I thought so, so I pushed and shoved and stomped my feed until I made this one happen. I knew that it was important for our assets to be as high in quality as people’s experiences outside of their work lives. The DAU demographic was representative of the casual gamer’s market, so why not create a few games that people could play anytime that reinforced their knowledge of the acquisition process. And why not make those games, and others available via a games site that followed an industry model. And that is how this site was born. It allows govt employees to access the site at their workplaces and play games that represent core competencies, competencies that they should already possess, but allow them to challenge their skills. The site should also allow its players to sign in, create a profile, sort the games by their competency area, allow them to mark their favorites, leave comments, and collect badges for playing. Later we even added functionality to include a leaderboard to compare their performance on games to other players! Now, sadly, this site is currently under construction as we needed a full update on it. But once available again hopefully we’ll get lots of players.
The Procurement Fraud Indicators game was designed in order to help its players understand how, when and why to apply the concepts of procurement fraud to realist situations. This game allows its players to interact with 8 varied situations. Within each situation, players first collect information through an investigative phase, then create a hypothesis on if fraud has been comitted and if so what type. Players who determine fraud has been committed are next moved to an interview phase with the suspect in which they are allowed to ask questions related to the evidence they collected. Once the interview is complete, the player is asked to make a final determination regarding the possiblitiy and type of fraud. This game was a finalist in the IITSEC 2009 Serious Games Showcase and Challenge. This game also can be played within DAU’s Procurement Fraud Conintuous Learning Module (CLM 049) available at www.dau.mil.