Cultural and linguistic localization of games to bridge the digital and cultural divide in indigenous populations

Byamugisha, Joan, Sitbon, Laurianne, & Brereton, Margot (2014) Cultural and linguistic localization of games to bridge the digital and cultural divide in indigenous populations. In OZCHI 2014 Designing Futures: The Future of Design, 2-5 December 2014, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

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Localization of technology is now widely applied to the preservation and revival of the culture of indigenous peoples around the world, most commonly through the translation into indigenous languages, which has been proven to increase the adoption of technology. However, this current form of localization excludes two demographic groups, which are key to the effectiveness of localization efforts in the African context: the younger generation (under the age of thirty) with an Anglo- American cultural view who have no need or interest in their indigenous culture; and the older generation (over the age of fifty) who are very knowledgeable about their indigenous culture, but have little or no knowledge on the use of a computer. This paper presents the design of a computer game engine that can be used to provide an interface for both technology and indigenous culture learning for both generations. Four indigenous Ugandan games are analyzed and identified for their attractiveness to both generations, to both rural and urban populations, and for their propensity to develop IT skills in older generations.

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ID Code: 79711
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Game Engine Technology, Indigenous Culture, Matuatu, Omweso, Localization
DOI: 10.1145/2686612.2686689
ISBN: 97814503-06539
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 ACM
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2015 01:45
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2015 05:16

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