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Author Prada, Rui ♦ Prendinger, Helmut ♦ Yongyuth, Panita ♦ Nakasoneb, Arturo ♦ Kawtrakulc, Asanee
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF ♦ HTM / HTML
Language English
Subject Keyword Environmental issues ♦ 3-d multi-user online virtual worlds ♦ Agriculture ♦ Serious games
Abstract Agriculture, while of uttermost importance for society, may also have a strong negative impact on the environment. Hence we propose a game that offers players the opportunity to experience the effects of different styles of agriculture on the environment. The game was built with the purpose of promoting the awareness of agriculture issues, such as, (1) the impact of fertilizers in sources of fresh water, (2) the problems related to deforestation and impact on the weather, and (3) the importance of balancing environmental and economic perspectives in order to produce food of good quality with low impact on the environment—and at the same time keep the activity sustainable. To make players care about these issues, we added a direct impact of the players' actions on a population of non-player characters, the villagers, whose simple autonomous behaviors resemble that of living entities. The game was implemented in the multi-user online three-dimensional (3-D) virtual world platform Open-Simulator, which supports an immersive user experience and high accessibility. An experiment was performed and showed that the game improved players' knowledge about agriculture and their awareness of the environmental impact of agriculture.
Description Affiliation: INESC-ID and Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal National Institute of Informatics, Japan (Prada, Rui) || National Institute of Informatics, Japan; UKnow Center, Kasetsart University, Thailand (Yongyuth, Panita) || UKnow Center, Kasetsart University, Thailand (Kawtrakulc, Asanee) || National Institute of Informatics, Japan (Prendinger, Helmut; Nakasoneb, Arturo)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2008-03-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Computers in Entertainment (CIE) (CIE)
Volume Number 12
Issue Number 2
Page Count 18
Starting Page 1
Ending Page 18

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