Meaningful Play 2022 at Michigan State University

Session Information

TitleExploring Returns To Serious Games
Presenter(s)Noor Hammad, Erik Harpstead and Jessica Hammer
TimeFriday, October 14, 10:15a-11:15a
LocationHuron Room
DescriptionThis is a workshop centered on the following question: What does gameplay return mean in a serious gameplay? As this question is yet unexplored in the context of meaningful play, the goal of the workshop is not to immediately begin prototyping and designing ways to support returning to serious games, but rather to lay the foundation for future design explorations. This workshop thus invites game designers and researchers to reflect on their own returns in meaningful play experiences. Serious games have a different set of constraints than entertainment games; for example, many serious games are played in a single sitting, and are not the 300-hour experiences our previous work has examined. Given the major differences between entertainment games and serious games, under what conditions would a player choose to return to play a serious game?

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