Designing for playful experiences in open-ended intelligent play environments.

L.C.T. Valk de, P. Rijnbout, M.M. Bekker, J.H. Eggen, M. de Graaf, B.A.M. Schouten

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This paper describes an explorative study with an open-ended play environment. An initial interactive design, called FlowSteps, was developed for children aged 7-8 years old. This design was aimed at supporting the playful experiences of curiosity, exploration, challenge, fellowship and competition during three different stages of play: invitation, exploration and immersion. FlowSteps was evaluated with twenty children playing in pairs with the design. Results show evidence of the playful experiences supported by a variety of design elements over the three stages of play. We propose that these insights can help the development of playful, interactive designs for open-ended play.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IADIS International Conference Game and Entertainment Technologies 2012, 18-20 July 2012, Lisbon, Portugal
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-972-8939-75-5
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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