Hundreds of serious games have been created in Hong Kong in the past decade. They target various domain areas from lawmaking to sex education. This talk will discuss the already existing serious games created and used in Hong Kong as well as possible new areas of game development. Global Game Jam, a weekend-long, international event for creating games, supports the growth of serious games industry and will be discussed in respect to its format and focus that help nurturing local talent. The event was organised for the 5th time in Hong Kong in 2017, while the global event has been around since 2009. From its initiation, Hong Kong has been one of the largest GGJ sites in the world.
Dr Hanna Wirman is a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where she leads a MSc study stream in game design and development. Hanna researches marginal and critical ways of playing and making games working closely in collaboration with the local community and games industry. She leads several projects that focus on developing serious games, and she has 60+ academic publications and conference papers on games. Wirman has been teaching in Hong Kong (PolyU and CUHK) for 6 years. She is the co-author of two books: Extending Experiences: Structure, Analysis and Design of Computer Game Player Experience (with Leino and Fernandez, 2008) and Designing Serious Games: An Overview of Projects and Possibilities (with Naidu, 2015). Hanna serves as the President of Chinese DiGRA and on the Executive Board of Digital Games Research Association. She is the Director of Global Game Jam Hong Kong and consultant for Hong Kong Game Development association since 2013.