Translational Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 108–116 | Cite as

Game playbooks: tools to guide multidisciplinary teams in developing videogame-based behavior change interventions

  • Lindsay R Duncan
  • Kimberly D Hieftje
  • Sabrina Culyba
  • Lynn E Fiellin
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As mobile technologies and videogaming platforms are becoming increasingly prevalent in the realm of health and healthcare, so are the opportunities to use these resources to conduct behavioral interventions. The creation and empirical testing of game style interventions, however, is challenged by the requisite collaboration of multidisciplinary teams, including researchers and game developers who have different cultures, terminologies, and standards of evidence. Thus, traditional intervention development tools such as logic models and intervention manuals may need to be augmented by creating what we have termed “Game Playbooks” which are intervention guidebooks that are created by, understood by, and acceptable to all members of the multidisciplinary game development team. The purpose of this paper is to describe the importance and content of a Game Playbook created to aide in the development of a videogame intervention designed specifically for health behavior change in young teens as well as the process for creating such a tool. We draw on the experience of our research and game design team to describe the critical components of the Game Playbook and the necessity of creating such a tool.


Videogame Behavior change Intervention manual Intervention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lindsay R Duncan
    • 1
    • 4
  • Kimberly D Hieftje
    • 2
    • 4
  • Sabrina Culyba
    • 3
  • Lynn E Fiellin
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Kinesiology and Physical EducationMcGill UniversityWest, MontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine, University School of MedicineYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Schell GamesPittsburghUSA
  4. 4.play2PREVENT LabYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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