"Savannah”: designing a location-based game simulating lion behaviour

Benford, Steve and Rowland, Duncan and Hull, Richard and Reid, Jo and Morrison, Jo and Facer, Keri and Clayton, Ben (2004) "Savannah”: designing a location-based game simulating lion behaviour. MobileBristol, Bristol.

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Abstract

We describe the design of an experimental location-based
pervasive game entitled “Savannah”. Players use GPStracked
handheld computers to experience a virtual
savannah that appears to be overlaid on a football pitch
sized grassy field. Players act collaboratively to carry out
a series of lion missions (such as marking their territory,
hiding their cubs and hunting). A stated aim of the game is
to encourage players to understand the behaviour of lions
though personal experience. This directs them to learn
about the resources that lions require, and to understand
the daily key decisions that lions have to make in order to
survive in the wild. As a piece of entertainment, it offers a
unique opportunity to role play a fascinating animal in a
novel and engaging way.

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Additional Information:We describe the design of an experimental location-based pervasive game entitled “Savannah”. Players use GPStracked handheld computers to experience a virtual savannah that appears to be overlaid on a football pitch sized grassy field. Players act collaboratively to carry out a series of lion missions (such as marking their territory, hiding their cubs and hunting). A stated aim of the game is to encourage players to understand the behaviour of lions though personal experience. This directs them to learn about the resources that lions require, and to understand the daily key decisions that lions have to make in order to survive in the wild. As a piece of entertainment, it offers a unique opportunity to role play a fascinating animal in a novel and engaging way.
Keywords:Games computing, Mobile information systems, GPS, Location-based gaming
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G450 Multi-media Computing Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:659
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:13 Jul 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:12

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