Design for creative activity : a framework for analyzing the creative potential of computer games

Inchamnan, Wilawan, Wyeth, Peta, & Johnson, Daniel (2014) Design for creative activity : a framework for analyzing the creative potential of computer games. Lecture Notes in Computer Science : Entertainment Computing – ICEC 2014, 8770, pp. 19-26.

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This paper describes a design framework intended to conceptually map the influence that game design has on the creative activity people engage in during gameplay. The framework builds on behavioral and verbal analysis of people playing puzzle games. The analysis was designed to better understand the extent to which gameplay activities within different games facilitate creative problem solving. We have used an expert review process to evaluate these games in terms of their game design elements and have taken a cognitive action approach to this process to investigate how particular elements produce the potential for creative activity. This paper proposes guidelines that build upon our understanding of the relationship between the creative processes that players undertake during a game and the components of the game that allow these processes to occur. These guidelines may be used in the game design process to better facilitate creative gameplay activity.

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ID Code: 78650
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: 13th International Conference, ICEC 2014, Sydney, Australia, October 1-3, 2014. Proceedings
Keywords: Videogames, Creative gameplay, Behavioral analysis, Expert review
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-45212-7_3
ISSN: 0302-9743
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2014 22:41
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 00:25

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