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Participation inequality in mobile location games

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsPaper

Published

Publication date10/11/2011
Host publicationACE '11 Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherACM
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-0827-4
Original languageEnglish

Conference

ConferenceACE 2011 8th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period8/11/1111/11/11

Conference

ConferenceACE 2011 8th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period8/11/1111/11/11

Abstract

Free All Monsters! is a novel location based mobile game and associated online web-based portal, which allows participants to create content that populates the game. The concept has recently transitioned from an initial prototype trialled at very specific events to an iPhone application that will allow the game to be played anywhere in the world. In this paper we present the ongoing research that considers how location based games have to be re-designed to accommodate the necessary increase of scale, how emergent behaviour manifests itself within the game and whether the notion of participation inequality is equally evident in such a system. The results show how new game behaviour is emerging from the original prototype and that participation inequality is still evident. From this suggestions are proposed regarding how these effects may be overcome.