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Harnessing player creativity to broaden the appeal of location based games.

Coulton, Paul and Lund, Kate and Wilson, Andrew (2010) Harnessing player creativity to broaden the appeal of location based games. In: BCS '10 Proceedings of the 24th BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference. British Computer Society, Swindon, pp. 143-150. ISBN 978-1-78017-130-2

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Abstract

Despite being the subject of considerable research effort location based games in general have failed to attain the popularity and longevity of similar activities such as geo-caching or orienteering. This leads us to the question are the games designed thus far taking too much inspiration in their design from console and pc games leading to games that are too inflexible and failing to support the types of player behaviour that have emerged in geocaching? Using a design inspired by the player engagement evident in geocaching we present the empirical study of the design and user experience from creating the Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) game Free All Monsters. The results highlight that enabling user creativity and accommodating the varied motivations for playing such games can successfully be incorporated into the design and operation of location based game design and in particular provide a fun outdoor family activity.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 53685
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 19 Apr 2012 10:04
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 01:03
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53685

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