Plants vs Zombies as an Empowering Learning Machine

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What makes the computer game Plants vs. Zombies engaging and a successful learning machine – and can these engaging elements be used in serious game designs? In the game, vegetables and flowers defeat zombies by shooting peas, coconuts, and watermelons, and delaying the zombies by feeding them walnuts. The game is a classic strategic tower defence game in a vegetarian game universe.
This article analyses the game in order to identify engaging elements that can be used in the design of serious games. Empowerment and well-ordered problems were key elements found in the analysis of the gameplay in Plants vs. Zombies. Empowerment can be split into active participation, meaningful feedback, co-design, identity, and identification. The second key element, i.e. well-ordered problems, can be divided into pleasantly frustrating, cycles of expertise, strategies to achieve goals, and stripped-down version.
A first-hand experience of playing computer games gives valuable input for designing serious games. The first-hand experiences are also valuable in the classroom when relating game design theory to real-life experiences. The player invests a lot of time in playing, and meaningful gameplay can trigger deep learning.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelThe 8th International Conference on Game and Entertainment Technologies 2015, IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems
ForlagInternational Association for Development, IADIS
Publikationsdato2015
Sider271-274
ISBN (Trykt)978-989-8533-38-8
StatusUdgivet - 2015
BegivenhedIADIS International Conference on Game and Entertainment Technologies - Las Palmas, Spanien
Varighed: 22. jul. 201524. jul. 2015
Konferencens nummer: 8

Konference

KonferenceIADIS International Conference on Game and Entertainment Technologies
Nummer8
LandSpanien
ByLas Palmas
Periode22/07/201524/07/2015

Fingeraftryk

Learning systems
Computer games
Vegetables
Towers
Feedback
Serious games
Power (Psychology)
Deep learning

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Majgaard, G. (2015). Plants vs Zombies as an Empowering Learning Machine. I The 8th International Conference on Game and Entertainment Technologies 2015, IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (s. 271-274). International Association for Development, IADIS.
Majgaard, Gunver. / Plants vs Zombies as an Empowering Learning Machine. The 8th International Conference on Game and Entertainment Technologies 2015, IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems. International Association for Development, IADIS, 2015. s. 271-274
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The 8th International Conference on Game and Entertainment Technologies 2015, IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems. International Association for Development, IADIS, 2015. s. 271-274.

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapport/konference-proceedingKonferencebidrag i proceedingsForskningpeer review

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