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Game System based on Mixed-species Bird Flocks: A science outreach approach

Sandbhor, P and Bangal, P (2018) Game System based on Mixed-species Bird Flocks: A science outreach approach. In: 5th ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, CHI PLAY 2018, 28 - 31 October 2018, Melbourne, pp. 595-601.

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This paper presents a Game System based on an ecological phenomenon called mixed-species bird flocks. It demonstrates that this Game System could be used as an effective tool for scientific outreach in ecological study of bird interactions. The paper begins by explaining the concept of mixed-species bird flocks, participant birds and their attributes. It then uses the formal Mechanic Dynamic Aesthetic (MDA) framework to describe how this concept is applied to the Game System. The paper further provides details on how the game Mechanics are derived from real world bird behaviour and how the Dynamics in the game follow real interactions that birds experience in nature. The Game System follows the Aesthetics of Challenge, Fellowship and Submission to engage the players and make them interested in and curious about the ecological phenomena in their surroundings. The paper concludes with preliminary insights gathered from playtesting sessions and provides a glimpse into the future possibilities of creating more gameplays based on other facets of mixed-species bird flocks.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication: CHI PLAY 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play Companion Extended Abstracts
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
Keywords: Digital storage; Ecology; Human computer interaction; Interactive computer systems, Bird flocks; Games and Play for Learning; Games based on Ecological Phenomenon; Science research; Tabletop Games, Birds
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2022 12:21
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2022 12:21
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/75197

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