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Understanding and fostering children's storytelling during game narrative design

Benton, L; Vasalou, A; Gooch, D; Khaled, R; (2014) Understanding and fostering children's storytelling during game narrative design. In: Stjerne Thomsen, B and Elbæk, L and Sejer Iversen, O and Markopoulos, P and Garzotto, F and Dindler, C, (eds.) IDC '14: Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Interaction design and children. (pp. pp. 301-304). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, United States. Green open access

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Abstract

Children typically have extensive expertise and experiences of computer games, which can enable them to make valuable contributions when involved in the design of games. Within this paper we discuss our approach to the involvement of children in the game design process, specifically to inform a game narrative. We describe two design workshops with children, which focused on the design of the narrative within a literacy game based on the Day of the Dead festival. We describe how the knowledge that resulted from these workshops furthered our understanding of children's storytelling schema and preferences for games as well as their approach to story creation and expression during the game design process. We also discuss how our findings informed an initial set of design principles for guiding narrative design within children's games as well as recommendations for including storytelling design activities within the technology design process. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Understanding and fostering children's storytelling during game narrative design
Event: Interaction Design and Children (IDC)
ISBN-13: 9781450322720
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2593968.2610477
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2593968.2610477
Language: English
Additional information: ACM New York, NY, USA © 2014.
Keywords: Children; Game Narrative Design; Storytelling; Design Process
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/1474923
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