“One of the baddies all along”: Moments that challenge a player’s perspective

Matthew Alexander Whitby, Sebastian Deterding, Ioanna Iacovides

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Abstract

Reflection has become a core interest for game designers. However, empirical research into the kinds and causes for reflection within games is scarce. We therefore conducted an online questionnaire where participants (n=101) openly reported perspective-challenging moments within games, their causes, experience, and impact. Where past work has emphasised transformative reflection that changes player’s views and behaviour outside the game, we found that players report predominantly moments of ‘endo’-transformative reflection, which is focused on players’ game-related behaviour and concepts. We further identify some causes of perspective-challenging moments relating to narrative, game systems, game-external sources, and player expectations. Narrative reveals emerge as a key cause of perspective challenge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI PLAY 2019 - Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
PublisherACM
Pages339-350
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450366885
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2019
Event6th ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, CHI PLAY 2019 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 22 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameCHI PLAY 2019 - Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play

Conference

Conference6th ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, CHI PLAY 2019
Country/TerritorySpain
CityBarcelona
Period22/10/1925/10/19

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Keywords

  • Appreciation
  • Meaningful games
  • Perspective challenge
  • Plot twists
  • Reflection
  • Reflective informatics

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