What You Draw Is What You Play: a natural approach to participatory game creation



Game design and development still needs complex technical skills that only some people master. This can be a huge barrier to game creation by end-users limiting the emergence of a participatory culture around games - similar to the one we have seen with Web 2.0. While there have been approaches to lessen that problem, such as level editors and content creation tools, we think we could go further. We propose that considering and developing design interfaces that make use of common natural skills such as drawing could be a key step to achieve that phenomenon. Therefore we describe and present the Playsketch concept, and it’s current implementation, a game creation approach based on the Paper Prototyping concept which invites the users to create simple personalized games.


Game Design, Interaction Design


9th Student Interaction Design Research conference, Aarhus University, Denmark, April 2013

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