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Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

Paper Information

TitleRe-playing and Quality Contribution: The Role of the Score Mechanism Design As Motivator
Presenter(s)Ganit Richter, Daphne R. Raban and Sheizaf Rafaeli
SessionPlaytesting and Participatory Design
TimeFriday, October 12, 2:30p-3:30p
LocationLake Ontario
FormatPaper Presentation
DescriptionThe current study investigates how the game points allocation function affects quality of responses and replaying behavior in a game-for-crowds implementation. In a series of experiments, we compare between two scoring designs across two types of users: students and public. Two reward-based mechanisms differing in the mathematical function were applied: linear (y=3x) vs. exponential (y=6ex). Findings highlight the nuances between repeated game rounds, types of users and quality contribution. We find support for the importance of the mathematical function of scores assignment as a motivator. Insights into the design of effective game-for-crowds for different target groups are discussed.

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