Curious Users of Casual Creators

Nelson, Mark, Gaudl, Swen, Colton, Simon and Deterding, Sebastian (2018) Curious Users of Casual Creators. In: Workshop on Curiosity in Games at Foundations of Digital Games 2018, 10 Aug 2018, Malmö, Sweden.

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Abstract / Summary

Casual creators are a type of design tool identified by Compton & Mateas, characterised by an orientation towards enjoyable, intrinsically motivated creative exploration, rather than task-oriented designer productivity. In our experiments holding rapid game jams with Wevva, a casual creator for mobile game design, we have noticed, however, that users seem to vary considerably even within the context of using a casual creator. Some people focus on designing specific games, while others explore the design space extensively, or even focus exclusively on prodding the edges of the design space looking for its possibilities and limits. We hypothesise that the latter group of users is driven primarily by curiosity about a casual creator and its design space. This results in different patterns of behaviour to the former group (of design-oriented users), which may worth characterising and perhaps explicitly designing for.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Technology > Digital Works > Apps
Computer Science, Information & General Works
Technology > Digital Works > Digital Games
Courses by Department: Academy of Innovation and Research > Research
The Games Academy > Computing for Games
Depositing User: Mark Nelson
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2018 15:23
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:28


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