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Exploring Social Interaction in Co-Located Multiplayer Games

Lennart E. Nacke, Rina R. Wehbe, Daniel Stepchenko, John Gregory, and Dennis L. Kappen. 2013. Exploring Social Interaction in Co-Located Multiplayer Games. In Proceedings of CHI EA 2013. Paris, France. ACM, 1119-1124. doi:10.1145/2468356.2468556

Abstract

Games have always been a social activity. Playing digital games affords spending time with people; helps build personal connections between individuals and helps to redefine the personality of the player while in play. Games also enable to build the concept of togetherness as a means to foster and enhance the concept of social connectedness, mutual dependencies, collaboration, community living and social interaction. We present a work in progress digital game installation to create multi-level social interactions between the player, the spatial game environment and the digital game. We discuss MagicDuel, a multiplayer digital game, where we are in the process of evaluating the socio-spatial contextual relationship between the players, the audience and gameplay elements for this specific digital game.