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Uncovering Failures of Game Design for Educational Content (and How to Fix Them)

Berkling, K; Faller, H; Piertzik, M; Barendregt, W; Benton, L; (2018) Uncovering Failures of Game Design for Educational Content (and How to Fix Them). In: Escudeiro, P and Costagliola, G and Zvacek, S and Uhomoibhi, J and McLaren, BM, (eds.) Computers Supported Education: 9th International Conference, CSEDU 2017, Porto, Portugal, April 21-23, 2017, Revised Selected Papers. (pp. pp. 300-324). Springer: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access

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Abstract

More than 800 users from a cross-section of ages and gender were asked about the games they play and what motivates them to play these. The answers were cross-matched with game features. Based on this match and subjective answers of those surveyed, a pattern emerges for the essential ingredients of addictive games across these demographics, as well as an anti-pattern. With the derived pattern and anti-pattern several games and real-world scenarios can be designed and existing ones analyzed. Examples show how the pattern or anti-pattern can be applied and elucidate which key ingredients tend to be missing.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Uncovering Failures of Game Design for Educational Content (and How to Fix Them)
Event: 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-3-319-94640-5
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-94640-5_15
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94640-5_15
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Games, Content, Design, Addiction, Education, Gamification, Analysis
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057856
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