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XXI.2 March + April 2014
Page: 66
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Beyond video games for social change


Authors:
Michael Horn

Games are cultural artifacts that not only reflect the values of the people who create them, but also subtly reinforce or challenge the values of people who play them [1,2]. This dynamic interplay between designers and players is an important part of what makes games so appealing as a means to address social issues such as environmental sustainability, civic engagement, equity, and public health. Game play, in other words, is an experience that can force us to reconsider our relationship with the world. But when we talk about games in interaction design, what do we mean by the word game?…




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