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Sir Basel Pike Public School is an interactive narrative role playing game that explores the dynamics of bullying among boys and girls aged 10-14 (grades 5-9).

The user can follow either the boys' story or the girls' story. Both stories intersect for the conclusion. In the boys' story the user is accused of stealing another boy’s bike. At issue is the truth and honour. The girls' story revolves around a sleepover party where all but one is invited and the consequences of being nice or competitive are explored.

The purpose of the game is to show what's really going on in a couple of common schoolyard conflicts and to challenge the User to THINK about the consequences of impulsive action. The game presents a non-linear approach to problem solving that reveals to the user the cause and effect of different strategies of conflict resolution.

The game, Sir Basel Pike Public School, was piloted at four grade 7 classrooms last fall. Dr. Joanne Cummings described the pilot in her report as follows:

"As soon as the game started students were attentive and quickly engaged. Indeed, within a short time they became highly aroused, and there was a palpable feeling of excitement. In this atmosphere, the students' decisions seemed spontaneous. They openly expressed strong reactions to the action in the story. They exhibited several strong feelings: a keen desire not be left out, derision for some of the characters, empathy for others, nervous laughter when one character felt hurt and alone, expressions of sympathy, and expressions of ambivalence and confusion. Lively debates about complex issues ensued. The children clearly enjoyed trying out social behaviors that they themselves labeled as bad, and they were equally keen on subsequently going back to try a better choice."

Sir Basel Pike One Sheet Description (PDF)

Father and daughter team up to make Webby-honored video game on bullying. (read article)



Sir Basel Pike Public School was written, directed and animated by Michael Gibson and produced by Allan Stitt and Frank Handy.

Michael Gibson studied architecture and made several award-winning films before co-founding Zapdramatic in 2000 with Allan Stitt and Frank Handy. Zapdramatic produces serious games and simulations for entertainment and life skills development. Zapdramatic is a winner of the Canadian New Media Award for Excellence in Learning (Professionalism and Ethics Simulation) and the Vortex prize at the McLuhan International Festival of the future (Move or Die - An interactive adventure).

Allan Stitt and Frank Handy are partners in the Stitt Feld Handy Group, world leaders in Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution training. Their wisdom and support through many months of development have made this game possible.

Subject Matter Experts

Dr. Joanne Cummings Ph.D. C.Psych. Joanne Cummings research is in the areas of the development of aggression, parenting, and parent-child relationship interventions. Since 1995 she has consulted to schools, community agencies, and summer camps with the goal of creating positive social climates and reducing bullying. Joanne was an Ontario Mental Health Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and Researcher in the Infant Program of the Department of Psychiatry at The Hospital for Sick Children before joining PREVNet.

Dr. Debra Pepler is a Full Professor of Psychology at York University and a Senior Executive Member of the LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution. At the Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Pepler is a Senior Associate Scientist. Dr. Pepler received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 1979. She conducts research on children at risk. Her major research program examines the antisocial behaviour of children and adolescents, particularly in the school and peer contexts.

Wrtier, Director, Animator, Programmer - Michael Gibson
Story Consultant - Emily Gibson
Subject Matter Experts - Joanne Cummings, Debra Pepler and Catherine Capadocia
Exectuve Producers - Allan Stitt and Frank Handy

Voice Actors
Hanna Barnard Chumick, Emily Brown-Gibson, Augusta Jones, Able Walmsley, Andrew Love, Henry Johnston, Sebastian Becker, Michael Gibson, Lisa Brown.

"Old Soul Again" performed by Old Soul
"Secrets" Written by Lindsey Davis and performed by Lily Frost
"Beautiful" Written by Jessica Rhaye and Ed Woodsworth and performed by Jessica Rhaye.
"Far Side of the World" written by Michael Gibson and Brent Barkman and performed by Emily Gibson

Special Thanks to the following schools in Toronto for participating in our pilot testing November 2008 as part of the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival.

J. B. Tyrell Middle School
Ryerson Community School
Duke of Connaught Public School

And to the following individuals for their assistance and support:


Fred Faber,
Shannon Quesnelle,
Linda Bush,
Stacey Horricks,
Tony Tobias
Ben Walmsley

Danny Dowhal
Brian Bell
MaryLou Cortese
Manfred Becker
Jennifer Whitall



Zap is honored that Sir Basel Pike Public School was named an Official Honoree at the 2009 Webby Awards in New York.

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