Mission Critical Operator Wins Silver in Serious Play Competition
The Virtual Heroes Division of Applied Research Associates’ game Mission Critical Operator has been awarded a silver medal in the 2016 International Serious Play Competition. The program awards medals for “outstanding examples of titles” delivering “a high quality of engagement and learning opportunities for students, employees or other education or training situations.”
Wake Tech Community College’s Mission Critical Operator (MCO) training program, funded by the Department of Labor, trains students to fill mission-critical roles—individuals responsible for maintaining mission critical facilities (data centers, medical facilities, etc.) and guarding against operations failures. Working with Wake Tech, Virtual Heroes designed and built the 3D game set in two fictitious mission-critical facilities. Learners focus on identifying key mission-critical facility components, equipment failure processes, and maintenance procedures.
The Serious Play Competition is conducted as part of the Serious Play Conference. Speakers come from all parts of the globe to discuss games in corporate, classroom, healthcare, government, and military environments, offering insights on how to move game-based programs ahead. This year’s conference will be held July 26-28 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.