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"Get off my lawn!": Starting to understand territoriality in location based mobile games

Papangelis, Konstantinos; Metzger, Melvin; Sheng, Yiyang; Liang, Hai-Ning; Chamberlain, Alan; Khan, Vassilis-Javed

Authors

Konstantinos Papangelis

Melvin Metzger

Yiyang Sheng

Hai-Ning Liang

Vassilis-Javed Khan



Abstract

With the increasing popularity of mobile video games, game designers and developers are starting to integrate geolocation information into such games. Although popular location-based games (LBGs) such as Ingress and Pokémon Go have millions of users, research still needs to be carried out to fully understand the ways in which such games impact upon a player’s interaction with other players and their physical surroundings. Consequently, there is limited knowledge on how user behavior can be addressed and drawn upon as a design resource to further engage and motivate players to play. To further understand this, we developed a LBG called CityConqueror and have conducted an in ’the wild’ study. This initial study starts to unpack the ways that human territoriality can be expressed in LBGs to facilitate player motivation, engagement and can support the integration of the game in the player’s daily life. Based on our findings we propose a series of design implications for LBGs. The primary purpose of this paper is to draw attention to the importance of territoriality and the way that this can be drawn upon as a resource for design.

Citation

Papangelis, K., Metzger, M., Sheng, Y., Liang, H., Chamberlain, A., & Khan, V. (2017). "Get off my lawn!": Starting to understand territoriality in location based mobile games

Conference Name Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
End Date May 11, 2017
Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2016
Publication Date May 6, 2017
Deposit Date Jul 31, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 31, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Series Title CHI EA '17
Keywords game design, hybrid reality games, image of space, location-based mobile games, locative media, mobility, player, playful spaces, territoriality
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44508
Publisher URL http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/3027063.3053154
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Published in: CHI EA '17 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Pages 1955-1961. Denver, Colorado, USA. May 06 - 11, 2017
New York : ACM, ©2017. ISBN: 9781450346566 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/3027063.3053154

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