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Say Cheese! Games for Successful Academic and Student Networking

Collins, EIM; Cox, AL; Lee, F; (2016) Say Cheese! Games for Successful Academic and Student Networking. In: Cox, A and Toups, ZO and Mandryk, RL and Cairns, P, (eds.) CHI PLAY '16: Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. (pp. pp. 105-115). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Networking is a vital but stressful aspect of academic life, one which digital games may be able to make more playful. Existing examples of networking games require players to interact as part of the game-play, and therefore do not bypass the stressful part of networking. In contrast, many other games successfully encourage interaction between players whilst avoiding causing stress to the players. Flashbulb is a networking game that only requires a photograph of another player to be taken in order to progress. Players can choose whether to start a conversation depending on the target and situation. Thematic analysis of interviews with Flashbulb players found that despite not including an icebreaking requirement, it encouraged networking and widened the scope of those spoken to. The act of photographing players promoted conversations without forcing players to engage in uncomfortable discussions. We make recommendations for the design of future iterations of networking games.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Say Cheese! Games for Successful Academic and Student Networking
Event: 3rd ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY)
Location: Austin, TX
Dates: 16 October 2016 - 19 October 2016
ISBN-13: 9781450344562
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2967934.2968096
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/2967934.2968096
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).
Keywords: Digital games, networking, icebreaker games
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508386
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