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Say cheese!: Games for successful academic and student networking

Collins, Emily I.M. ORCID:, Cox, Anna L. and Lee, Frank 2016. Say cheese!: Games for successful academic and student networking. Presented at: 2016 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY '16), Austin, TX, USA, 16-19 October 2016. CHI PLAY '16: Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. ACM, pp. 105-115. 10.1145/2967934.2968096

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Networking is a vital but stressful aspect of academic life, one which digital games may be able to make more playful. Existing examples of networking games require players to interact as part of the game-play, and therefore do not bypass the stressful part of networking. In contrast, many other games successfully encourage interaction between players whilst avoiding causing stress to the players. Flashbulb is a networking game that only requires a photograph of another player to be taken in order to progress. Players can choose whether to start a conversation depending on the target and situation. Thematic analysis of interviews with Flashbulb players found that despite not including an icebreaking requirement, it encouraged networking and widened the scope of those spoken to. The act of photographing players promoted conversations without forcing players to engage in uncomfortable discussions. We make recommendations for the design of future iterations of networking games.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: ACM
ISBN: 9781450344562
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 09:47

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