K20 IARPA Receives International Nod for Macbeth

An instructional game titled “MACBETH” (Mitigating Analyst cognitive Bias by Eliminating Task Heuristics) from the University of Oklahoma K20 Center’s Digital Game Based Learning program was recently named a finalist in the 2013 Serious Games Showcase & Challenge.

The Serious Games Showcase & Challenge is a prestigious international competition designed to encourage creativity and institutional interest in digital game technology for training and education.


MACBETH is eligible to win the “2013 Best Serious Game” in the Business category, the “2013 Best Game Special Emphasis Adaptive Force Award” (judged by the Office of the Secretary of Defense), among others.

The game simulates a crime investigation, in which the player watches/guides agents collecting information. Ultimately the player must determine if the information gathered was affected by anchoring bias, projection bias, or representative bias.

MACBETH will be shown at the Interservice/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference December 2-5 in Orlando Florida, where final awards will be announced and distributed.