A simple multi-player video game framework for experimenting and teaching cultural understanding

Peter Jamieson, Lindsay D. Grace, Naoki Mizuno, Chris Bell, Darrell Davis

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Abstract

We have created a game called Culture Code that allows researchers and teachers to host online games where teams have asynchronous abilities. Inspired by the game Barnga [11], which is designed to "explore factors related to communication problems in intercultural situations", our game, Culture Code, takes Barnga's basic mechanics and extends them. In Barnga, some players enter a game where they do not know the game rules resulting in a disadvantage compared to others who already know the rules. This mechanic is meant to simulate the disadvantages of someone entering a culture where the rules aren't explained. We extend this idea into out frame-work in which players are divided into teams, and each team's capabilities can be uniquely defined. This framework can be used to create a wide variety of scenarios to facilitate experiments and teaching points related to cultural advantages and disadvantages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAcademicMindtrek 2016 - Proceedings of the 20th International Academic Mindtrek Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages422-425
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450343671
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 17 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event20th International Academic Mindtrek Conference, AcademicMindtrek 2016 - Tampere, Finland
Duration: Oct 17 2016Oct 18 2016

Publication series

NameAcademicMindtrek 2016 - Proceedings of the 20th International Academic Mindtrek Conference

Conference

Conference20th International Academic Mindtrek Conference, AcademicMindtrek 2016
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityTampere
Period10/17/1610/18/16

Keywords

  • Culture
  • Education
  • Framework
  • Game

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications

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