Case studies are narratives, broken up by a few images here and there. The information is valuable, but the readers have a difficult time staying engaged with the text. With the technology available today, you don’t have to stick with a static presentation for your case studies. Decision-based games provide readers with an interactive experience that offers several benefits.
Case study narratives don’t have elements that reach out and grab readers as they’re going through it. They’re passive participants in this process, which can lead to disengagement. When you use a game to present your case study, you move them into an active role.
They’re more engaged, as they need to make decisions on how to interact with the content and how the information relates to the game environment that they’re in. They can actively look at the numbers and data and consume it in a way that works well for their particular learning style.
Your readers may struggle with remembering relevant information from your case study or with understanding it at all. Visually rich content that pairs your text with illustrations or immersive environments can help people retain up to 65 percent of this information days later.
When you’re trying to educate your readers on the real-world applications of particular concepts or technology, you need a high comprehension level so you can build on these lessons going forward. Decision-based games can be the approach you need to accomplish this goal.
Offering Something Different
Text-based case studies with a few basic graphics are easy to put together. Since they don’t require much effort, many organizations use this approach by default. While a game can be more time-consuming to develop, you stand out as doing something completely different in your area.
Incorporating Case Studies Into Games
The exact gameplay type that you use for your case study will vary based on the data that you’re working with, the intended audience and your available resources. You have two main game categories to choose from.
Game-based simulations work well for data-heavy case studies. You have the opportunity to interactively present all of the information that you gathered over the course of the case study.
Readers can manipulate the data to see what happens when the numbers change. As they learn about the relationships between elements of the case study, they can grow their comprehension levels. This game also acts as a useful resource if they need to simulate various scenarios that are similar to your case study subject.
A virtual case study puts readers in a fully virtual environment. This type of game works well if your information benefits from strong visualization. You may consider using virtual reality technology to make this method even more immersive. The readers explore this environment and make discoveries about the case study. They can view the broad and granular changes that result from this information.
Are you ready to leverage technology for engaging and interactive case studies? Move away from a static experience and keep your readers’ attention the entire time with innovative decision-based games.