Involving Non-Players in Pervasive Games

Niemi, Jenny and Sawano, Susanna and Waern, Annika (2005) Involving Non-Players in Pervasive Games. In: Critical Computing, 20-24 August 2005, Aarhus, Denmark.

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In traditional computer games, it is not uncommon for the game world to be inhabited by numerous computer-generated characters, Non-Player Characters (NPCs). In pervasive games, players play among human non-players as well and it becomes very tempting to use them as a game asset; as non-playing characters. Humans behave unpredictably and intelligently, and for this reason games set in real social context become more challenging for players than any preprogrammed environment can be. But however tempting the idea is, the use of non-players has implications on people’s personal privacy. We report on a scenario-based study where people were interviewed about a set of game designs, all to some extent relying on information about non-players. We propose that in particular non-player anonymity and the ability to hold players accountable for their actions will affect non-player acceptance of pervasive games.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pervasive gaming, proximity games, locative games, non-player characters, Bluetooth, privacy, integrity
ID Code:275
Deposited By:Interaction Researcher
Deposited On:01 Feb 2006
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