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Chocolate and Broccoli: Designing Games for Surgeons

Itay Keren (Lead Technical Designer, Level Ex)

Steve Kane (Product Director, Level Ex)

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Topic: Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Games for professionals have long been viewed as artificially gamified didactic experiences, notoriously branded as “chocolate-covered broccoli.” Level Ex, a team of video game experts, set out to challenge that notion and create truly exciting games for surgeons, aimed to delight and entertain, while promoting their medical knowledge and readiness in life-and-death situations. Join award-winning game designer Itay Keren and product director Steve Kane in a historical dialogue that entertainingly highlights key successes and failures over Level Ex’s four-year journey, and learn about an important role for games in the present and future of personal and professional development.


Learn about the changing face of professional development and the exciting role that great game design plays in that future. Level Ex walks through several experiments and key insights that will help game developers create amazing experiences that improve their players' professional lives.

Intended Audience

This is talk is designed for anyone interested in expanding the effective use of games and play to the world of professional development and satisfaction.