Kars Alfrink // RSE10

The talk’s title refers to alchemists’ quest to turn lead into gold, which sometimes feels similar to what we’re trying to do with pervasive games in public urban places.1 To summarize: I start by talking about the fact that games are essentially useless, and that this means applied game design should look for useful results in second order effects. I argue that the contribution of urban games lies primarily in the increased diversity of use of our streets, which is a good thing in itself. I talk about the care designers need to take with the games they deploy, since not everyone is looking to play and we should respect that. Playing games is a voluntary thing by definition. Towards the end I go into different strategies for using games to increase systemic awareness using several games as examples. I wrap up with a look at reward systems we commonly find in games like Foursquare, which now serves as templates for a lot of work in this area. I feel that this leads people away from what game design is about in the first place: creating interesting activities. [via Kars' Blog]


Transmutation by Kars Alfrink from mprove on Vimeo.


Tweenbots from kacie kinzer.

Kacie Kinzer at PopTech 2009

Kacie Kinzer: Robot Love from PopTech on Vimeo.

Piano Stairs in Odenplan, Stockholm

We believe that the easiest way to change people's behaviour for the better is by making it fun to do. We call it The fun theory.

Sponsoren des RSE10

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