Playful Creativity: Playing to Create Games on Surfaces

  • Alejandro Catala
  • Javier Jaen
  • Patricia Pons
  • Fernando Garcia-Sanjuan
Part of the Gaming Media and Social Effects book series (GMSE)


Creativity is of vital importance for human development since it allows individuals and ultimately society to successfully overcome new challenges. Besides social factors, the environment can also influence the development of such an important skill. We therefore considered it of interest to explore this capacity in the context of new information technology and game-based learning. Tabletop systems greatly facilitate the characteristics behind creative processes such as communication, the exchange of ideas, and collaborative interaction between individuals. This chapter explores the suitability of interactive surfaces in collaborative creative tasks carried out by teenage students using software to create 2D game worlds for tabletops.


Creativity Games Tabletops Surface Collaboration 



This work received financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Education under the National Strategic Program of Research and Project TIN2010-20488. This work is also supported by a postdoctoral fellowship within the VALi+d program from Conselleria d’Educació, Cultura i Esport (Generalitat Valenciana) to A. Catalá (APOSTD/2013/013). Our thanks to Polimedia/UPV for the support in computer hardware.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alejandro Catala
    • 1
  • Javier Jaen
    • 1
  • Patricia Pons
    • 1
  • Fernando Garcia-Sanjuan
    • 1
  1. 1.Grupo ISSI, Universitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain

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