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Participatory Ideation for Gamification: Bringing the User at the Heart of the Gamification Design Process

  • Thomas VilarinhoEmail author
  • Babak Farshchian
  • Jacqueline Floch
  • Ole Gunhildsberg Hansen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11262)

Abstract

Gamification, i.e. applying game elements in non-game contexts, is been increasingly used for designing systems and application elements to foster user engagement, enjoyment and support behavior change. Experts agree that, to be efficient, gamification strategies should be designed in a user-centric fashion. However, current user-centered design approaches in gamification primarily involve users during user research and iterative testing. In this paper, we describe an ideation approach for involving users in the conceptualization of gamification, making the gamification design process a more participatory activity, a process done with the user rather then for the user. Our results show that our method fostered participation without confining creativity. Participants were able to generate many ideas, several of them being “out of the box”.

Keywords

Participatory design Gamification Ideation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Authors of this paper, on behalf of MyCyFAPP consortium, acknowledge the European Union and the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme for funding the project (ref. 643806). Furthermore, we thank the participants to the workshops for their interest and collaboration. Ole Gunhildsberg Hansen was a student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology when conducting this research, which is also part of his Master Thesis [10].

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Vilarinho
    • 1
    Email author
  • Babak Farshchian
    • 2
  • Jacqueline Floch
    • 1
  • Ole Gunhildsberg Hansen
    • 2
  1. 1.SINTEFTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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