IDEAS is a member of the development team for VESSEL Damage Control Trainer (VDCT), an immersive, computer-based game environment that provides training on vessel damage control skills while reinforcing decision-making, communication protocol, situational awareness, and shipboard navigation. The development of VDCT is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, and playing the game has been shown to produce a significant improvement in the performance of recruits at the U.S. Navy’s boot camp, Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. VDCT provides a guided discovery experience that allows recruits to explore a virtual ship environment and perform damage control missions while receiving instructionally supportive guidance and feedback within the game. Critical errors have consequences, while correct actions lead to progress in achieving mission goals.
VDCT won the award for Best Game in the Business category at the 2009 Interservice/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) Serious Games Showcase & Challenge. The goal of the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge is to identify innovative game-based technologies and solutions that improve training across all segments for individuals, groups and systems. After a multi-step evaluation process, the top 12 entries in three categories were selected for showcasing at the annual I/ITSEC (www.iitsec.org) conference in 2009 in Orlando, Florida. The winners were selected by a panel of nearly 60 distinguished serious game experts from academia, government, and industry.
Raytheon BBN Technologies led the VDCT development team, with contributions from IDEAS; Alion Science and Technology; Intelligent Decision Systems, Inc.; the University of Central Florida; and the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing. IDEAS created the story that supports the instructional design for the game and played a key role in producing the sound assets.
Click HERE to read the article “Designing and Developing Effective Training Games for the US Navy” from the Spring 2012 Edition of the M&S Journal.