Empowering Games. Meaning Making by Designing and Playing Location Based Mobile Games.

Ilaria Mariani, Davide Spallazzo

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The article analyses and discusses the use of Location Based Mobile Games to raise awareness on sensitive issues connected to illness and disability. We report on a study grounded on higher education didactic experiences. By means of a multi-methodological approach we analysed the experience of designing and playing games and their fallouts in terms of learning and awareness about the topics addressed. The study is conducted from a design perspective and aims to understand whether designing and playing LBMGs can sensitise designers and players on sensitive topic..

keywords: Location based mobile games, Game based learning, Mobile learning, Game design, Persuasive games, Sensitive issues, Sense making, Play experience, Immersion, Identification.


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