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Bridging Serious Games and Participatory Design

Khaled, R; Vasalou, A; (2014) Bridging Serious Games and Participatory Design. International Journal of Child-computer Interaction , 2 (2) pp. 93-100. 10.1016/j.ijcci.2014.03.001. Green open access

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Abstract

Participatory design (PD) has become widely popular within the interaction design community, but to date has had little influence within serious game design processes. We argue that serious game design complicates the notion of involving users as co-designers, as serious game designers must be fluent with both domain content and game design. In this paper, we share our experiences of using PD during the design process of a serious game. We present observations stemming from attempts to apply the existing PD methods of brainstorming and storyboarding. Reflecting on the shortcomings of these methods, we go on to propose a novel PD method that leverages two fundamental qualities of serious games–domain expertise and procedurality–to scaffold players’ existing knowledge and make co-design of serious games an attainable goal.

Type: Article
Title: Bridging Serious Games and Participatory Design
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcci.2014.03.001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcci.2014.03.001
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Participatory design; Serious games; Children; Procedural literacy; Conflict resolution education
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/1542240
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