About Serious Games

Serious games (SGs) or persuasive games are computer and video games used as persuasion technology or educational technology. They can be similar to educational games, but are often intended for an audience outside of primary or secondary education. Serious games can be of any genre and many of them can be considered a kind of edutainment.

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Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Venture capital investing: what's on the horizon?

For the past two years, venture capitalists have been betting on social media start-ups with an enthusiasm reminiscent of the dot-com heyday.

Now that the economic downturn has somewhat cooled early stage investing, some venture capitalists say there's no better time to take a longer-term view. So what's on the horizon? CNET News talked to venture capitalists from the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Southern California, and even Israel to get a read on where consumer Internet investments are heading. Some of it plays into the obvious (like iPhone ventures), but VCs aren't always predictable.

Investors are eyeing myriad opportunities, including new ways to make money from all of those social media sites and building the next generation of the Web. To some that's the creation of the "implicit" Web and to others it's the "semantic" Web. Some of the companies they're investing in are already well-known to hardcore techies. But all of them will likely help change how people experience the Internet.

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