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Using deliberate ambiguity of the information economy in the design of a mobile location based games

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Using deliberate ambiguity of the information economy in the design of a mobile location based games. / Zhang, Lei; Coulton, Paul.

MindTrek '11 Proceedings of the 15th International Academic MindTrek Conference: Envisioning Future Media Environments. New York : ACM, 2011. p. 33-36.

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Zhang, L & Coulton, P 2011, Using deliberate ambiguity of the information economy in the design of a mobile location based games. in MindTrek '11 Proceedings of the 15th International Academic MindTrek Conference: Envisioning Future Media Environments. ACM, New York, pp. 33-36, MindTrek 2011, Tampere, Finland, 28/09/11. https://doi.org/10.1145/2181037.2181044

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Zhang, L., & Coulton, P. (2011). Using deliberate ambiguity of the information economy in the design of a mobile location based games. In MindTrek '11 Proceedings of the 15th International Academic MindTrek Conference: Envisioning Future Media Environments (pp. 33-36). ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/2181037.2181044

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Zhang L, Coulton P. Using deliberate ambiguity of the information economy in the design of a mobile location based games. In MindTrek '11 Proceedings of the 15th International Academic MindTrek Conference: Envisioning Future Media Environments. New York: ACM. 2011. p. 33-36 https://doi.org/10.1145/2181037.2181044

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Zhang, Lei ; Coulton, Paul. / Using deliberate ambiguity of the information economy in the design of a mobile location based games. MindTrek '11 Proceedings of the 15th International Academic MindTrek Conference: Envisioning Future Media Environments. New York : ACM, 2011. pp. 33-36

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