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Simple acts for a better world - a gameful system for prosocial behavior: preliminary design and research plan


Steinemann, S and Geelan, B and de Salas, KL and Opwia, K, Simple acts for a better world - a gameful system for prosocial behavior: preliminary design and research plan, Proceeding from the The ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, 15-18 October 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 305-313. ISBN 9781450351119 (2017) [Conference Extract]

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DOI: doi:10.1145/3130859.3131295


© 2017 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Games and gameful systems designed to support social change most often seek to persuade by inducing empathy and outrage through the depiction of the direness of social issues and thus motivating people to take action. However, motivation is only one possible angle from which to approach behavior change. When capability or opportunity for meaningful impact are not given, people may refrain from taking action even when motivated. This work-in-progress outlines the theoretical background and design plan for a pervasive gameful system. Based on the behavior change wheel this system is designed to propose simple actions tailored to the player's given capabilities and opportunities, thereby encouraging prosocial behavior. We conclude with a discussion of the research plan for the evaluation of the prototype and the prosocial actions by means of two rounds of mixed-method diary studies.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:games for change, gameful systems, research plan, user-centered design, behavior change wheel, mixed method, diary study
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Graphics, augmented reality and games
Research Field:Serious games
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Geelan, B (Mr Benjamin Geelan)
UTAS Author:de Salas, KL (Associate Professor Kristy de Salas)
ID Code:122493
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2017-11-16
Last Modified:2018-04-06

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