Transport closes Code of Everand

You may remember my little exclusive from the start of the year, about the £2.7 million spent by the Department for Transport on its online role playing game, Code of Everand. My FOI request also revealed that usage had basically flatlined since April 2010. So it doesn’t come as a huge surprise to learn that … Continue reading Transport closes Code of Everand

Transport website relaunched on WordPress (not by us)

There’s a new website at the Department of Transport; and it’s running on WordPress. Sadly, it’s not one we’ve been involved with; we weren’t even approached, in fact. (I wonder why.) However, there are definite similarities with the work we’ve done for Defra; so we’ll console ourselves with the knowledge that we’ve at least been … Continue reading Transport website relaunched on WordPress (not by us)

+++ EXCLUSIVE +++: Transport's £2.7m spend on online game

In late November 2009, I noted the launch of Code of Everand, a multi-player online game commissioned by the Department for Transport, aimed at teaching kids road safety in an innovative way. I found it ‘a bit tedious and mechanical’, but I acknowledged that I wasn’t exactly its target demographic. But all sorts of alarm … Continue reading +++ EXCLUSIVE +++: Transport's £2.7m spend on online game

Transport's web design spending

A PQ from Lib Dem MP Jennifer Willott: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much his Department spent on external website design consultants in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. To which Parliamentary Under-Secretary Chris Mole responded on 30 March 2010: Tables have been … Continue reading Transport's web design spending

Government gets into games business

The Department for Transport launched an online multiplayer fantasy roleplaying game last week, with the apparent aim of teaching kids to look left and right before crossing the road. Or at least, having played Code of Everand for a little while today, that’s about the only road safety message I’ve been able to find in … Continue reading Government gets into games business