From olive oil production to digital simulations and e-games. A simple journey.
Olive picking. It’s around December every year. In the Kalamata region, the annual olive oil production exceeds 25,000 tons. Our family trees produce around one ton – enough for our extended family and our friends. For me, a citizen of the world, all this represents an escape – and yet, through my involvement, I am continuously inspired in my work.
Often, the most elementary of experiences lead us to extraordinary conclusions.
Just yesterday, my father and I were driving to a remote olive grove in order to check the state of our trees and plan ahead for the picking. The narrow, winding road extends through hundreds and hundreds of olive trees. There is no tarmac here and one finds several crossings on the way. Needless to say, one may easily get lost. This is the case for me too, who, in the past years, I have always been sitting on the passenger’s seat. This year, I realised that in order to learn the way, I had to take the steering wheel.
And so it happened. I drove following my knowledgeable passenger’s instructions, took these twists and turns, tackled the destroyed road surface, identified my own landmarks so that next time, on my own, I would reach my destination fast and safely. At last, nearing at the age of 40(!), I am now an even more useful instrument in my family’s efforts to produce that blessed olive oil.
Why is this simple story important?
“Trial & error”, “learning by our mistakes”, “On-the-Job-Training”, “role-play” are all learning techniques that share methodological elements with my olive-oil driving experience. I learnt the way to my olive trees by actively participating in the decision making process: is it left, is it right or do I keep on going straight?
In my case, I had the luxury to spend resources in order to learn: my father’s time, my vehicle, my own time and effort. In our business environment, it is seldom the case that we may devote real resources for training purposes, while properly managing cost and risk involved.
In this respect e-games (serious or fun) are an indispensable tool. Simulating every day processes in a virtual environment eliminates both cost and risk in exploiting real resources. Imagine a virtual cockpit, an oil-platform, a surgery room, a stock exchange floor and the simulation benefits are striking. Now imagine performing simpler tasks while playing a game on your computer: a sales pitch over the phone or face-to-face; an accountant closing books; a customer support call; evacuating a building safely. All these are individual steps in the ladder to success and, yes, simulations and e-games may prove a cornerstone in accelerating your way there.
WOW group builds games for learning (classroom and e-learning) and marketing (online and social media). Quite often, one game may serve both purposes. Contact us to discuss your business under a new gaming perspective!